Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Saturday, in the first decision of his first Cabinet meeting, opened 25,000 jobs in various state government departments, including 10,000 in the Police Department.
The decision to fill 25,000 vacancies in various departments was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mann, who himself announced it in a video message.
“The agenda of 25,000 government jobs has been approved in the Cabinet today,” Mr Mann said in his message.
He said 10,000 jobs would be filled in the Punjab Police Department and the rest would be in different departments, boards and other companies.
He said the job would be awarded on merit.
“There will be no discrimination, no‘ zero ’(recommendations) or no corruption,” he added.
Unemployment has been one of the major issues raised by the Aam Aadmi Party during the recently concluded DUN elections.
Earlier on Saturday, 10 AAP MLAs, including one woman member, were appointed in Bhagwant Mann’s Punjab Cabinet.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit administered the oath of office and secrecy to 10 ministers at a brief ceremony at the auditorium of Guru Nanak Dev in Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.
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