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Manipur faces economic turmoil as Govt halts recruitment process due to COVID-19

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The State govt of Manipur has put on hold all the ongoing recruitment processes being undertaken in all the departments with immediate effect from Saturday in view of the adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

According to an office memorandum issued by chief secretary, Rajesh Kumar, the move to put on hold all the recruitment processes was made keeping in mind the ‘state’s economy and the precarious financial position of the state’ caused due to the pandemic. Daily wages, contract employment, muster roll, direct recruitment under taken by all the departments, including agencies, societies, undertakings, boards, corporations among others shall come under the purview of the government order.

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The memorandum also mentioned that recruitment process shall be resumed or initiated only with specific permission from the department of personnel for any emergency recruitment.

The worrisome situation is clearly evident in the education sector as over 17% teaching jobs are currently lying vacant in govt schools across the nation, Manipur being one of the ten states with highest number of vacancies holding 13% of the total figure.

Manipur on Sunday reported two more deaths due to COVID-19 and the death toll in the state rose to 57. The state also reported 170 new COVID-19 positive cases, including two personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), pushing the total number of positive cases in the state to 8,894, according to the state health department.

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