The Delhi government is functioning with a little over half the number of employees it is officially required to employ across various posts constituting its six-tier hierarchy.

Even stenographers and junior assistants like peons and helpers, for instance, are seemingly rare resources at its offices, currently.

While the top reaches of its bureaucracy are almost full, glaring shortages abound in mid-level and subordinate posts which together account for vacancies amounting to around 46% of its sanctioned strength, reveals data accessed by
The Hindu
through a Right to Information (RTI) query.

Of the almost 13,000 posts sanctioned for it at posts from Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Delhi and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) and four levels of the Delhi Administrative Subordinate Services (DASS), a little over 54% are occupied while the remaining are vacant.

Posts sanctioned

The RTI query said the total number of posts sanctioned across the Delhi government are 12,754; of these, 6,954 or 54.52% are occupied while 5,800 or 45.48% were vacant as per Services Department records compiled till July 5, 2018.

Of the 56 posts of IAS officials sanctioned for it, 46 are occupied leaving just 10 vacancies; 137 of the 309 posts for DANICS, at the middle of its administrative hierarchy, are occupied leaving a shortfall of 172 posts.

The most significant vacancies exist at the DASS III and DASS IV levels of administration, which consists of junior assistants who are employed as orderlies and peons, for instance, what with a shortfall of as many as 2,315, or 55.09%, and 2,098, which comes to over 50%, officials at both levels which have an officially sanctioned strength of 4,202 and 4,186 posts, respectively.

In fact, in respect of DASS III, which accommodates posts such as personal assistants and stenographers among others, the manpower data shows glaring deficiencies with 506, or 88%, of the total sanctioned posts of 575 stenographers currently vacant.

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