Around 16 per cent of the posts sanctioned by the government in various positions remained unfilled as on March 1, 2012 because of imposition of ban on creation of new posts, Parliament was informed today. Of the total 36,84,543 positions sanctioned in various grades in the central government, there were 30,84,530 positions that were filled, Minister of State for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman said in written reply in Lok Sabha. "In view of the prevailing economic scenario and in order to promote fiscal discipline, government has issued economy instructions which, inter-alia, impose a ban on creation of new posts," Sitharaman said. However, proposals for creation of posts are examined/ concurred to in the Ministry on case to case basis if supported by adequate functional justification, she added.
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