There was a slight decrease in the number of vacant posts in 2014. Things remained fine for the next two years as well. Since then there has been a huge increase in vacancies. It is a different matter that the data for 2017 was not available. Incidentally, the 7th Pay Commission was implemented in 2016. These vacancies crossed 7 lakhs in 2018 from 4.7 lakhs in 2016. Then in 2019 this figure crossed 10 lakhs.
Data available since 2001
Data on civilian vacancies in Central Govt. is available since 2001. It shows that the vacancies in 2020 rose to 20.1% from 5% of sanctioned positions in 2001. If we look at this in statistics, out of 36.1 lakh sanctioned posts in the central government, 1.8 lakh were vacant in 2001. At the same time, in 2020 this figure increased to 8.9 lakh against the sanctioned posts.
Statistics show that there has been a steady jump in vacancies from 5% in 2001. In 2013, these vacancies reached 16.2 per cent. It declined in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the figure has come down to below 12 per cent. After this, there was a sharp increase in the vacancies again. In 2019 and 2020, this number crossed 20 per cent.
What do the vacancy figures in the police force show?
Statistics on vacancies in Central Police Force are available since 2006. The data shows that in 2006 there were 56 thousand or 8 percent vacancies as against 7.2 lakh sanctioned posts. By 2010, this figure of vacant posts had crossed 10 per cent. However, it declined in 2015. It came down to 4.5 per cent. Since then it has been continuously increasing. In 2020, this figure has increased to cross 10 percent.