Balochistan government made the bombshell announcement of carrying out mass recruitments on over 25,000 vacancies in next three months. This announcement was made after approval from the provincial cabinet two weeks back. This decision came in the backdrop of startling revelation made by Chief Secretary Balochistan, last month, that there are almost 35,000 vacancies in provincial departments of Balochistan.
Government of Balochistan further announced the details of the recruitments that 25,799 vacancies would be filled in all of provincial departments. Jobs from scale 1 to 15 would be filled up through selection committees of the concerned departments except for the technical posts in education and health departments which will be filled through a testing service. Jobs of scale 16 and higher would be filled through Balochistan Public Service Commission (BPSC).
This news was met with jubilation among the unemployed youth of Balochistan for which government jobs are the main source of employment. Lots of unemployed youth has already started preparing for the forthcoming tests of these recruitments.
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The significance of this announcement can be better judged in the context of the unemployment problem in Balochistan. According to estimates around 30,000 people graduate from Balochistan every year and hardly 1,000 to 1,500 of them can get full time jobs. Last year when government announced 4,400 jobs of lower scale in educations sector, over 100,000 applications were received for them. Likewise, for 63 positions of Provincial Civil Services (PCS) announced last year over 12,000 applications were received. Therefore, it can be said that unemployment is one of the major issues in Balochistan and it never gets the required attention.
All possible attempts would be made to sell out sizable share of vacancies or to hand them out to the favorite people
Furthermore, another important thing to note about these recruitments are that these are vacancies in the government departments and not newly created positions. This means that funds have already been allocated for them in the budget and there will not be any increase in budgetary expenses for recruitment on these positions. In budget for fiscal year 2016-17, almost Rs. 121 Billion were allocated for salaries which makes up 42% of total budget outlay and 57% of non-development expenditure in budget.
Mass recruitments of over 25,000 can potentially alter the unemployment discourse in the province. It can solve the unemployment problem to a greater extent and at the same time address the grievances of the population of Pakistan. Therefore, this issue needs to be dealt with delicacy and with utmost care. This implies that this process should be transparent and there should not be any favoritism and violation of merit in anyway, otherwise it would backfire and further ignite the sense of deprivation among the unemployed youth.
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It’s not a rocket science to ensure transparency in job recumbent process but it’s surely very difficult in a place like Balochistan which has become a den of corruption and bad governance in last 8 years. It’s highly likely that all possible attempts would be made to sell out sizable share of these vacancies or to hand them out to the favorite people. All such attempts must be prevented by developing a fair mechanism for the recruitment process.
All jobs below 16 scale should be conducted though a credible testing service and not NTS