Hitesh Chavda, Gandhinagar: The coronavirus pandemic has left the global economy in tatters and India is no different. With the 21-day lockdown, which was supposed to end on April 14, extended till May 3, global agencies have downgraded India’s growth prospects. In fact, Barclays has slashed India’s growth to ‘zero’ for the calendar year 2020.
A fall in the country’s growth also indicates a decline in revenue for the states, as well as the country. In such a situation when there is no certainty on when the battle against COVID-19 is going to be over, chances are that the Gujarat government will not proceed with the recruitment process for filling up positions in the state departments and agencies.
With more and more positive cases pouring in from various districts, chances are that the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Gujarat will cross the 1,000-mark very soon and the death toll too is going to rise rapidly. Due to the high case burden, the cost involved in fighting the coronavirus battle will be considerably high and it is expected that the government will not initiate any new recruitment process amid depleting revenue.
Due to this, the recruitment process for Govt TAT 1 and TAT 2; Granted TAT 1 and TAT 2; LRD, Constable, and PI; Bin Sachivalay; GPSC, Forest Guard; Senior and Junior Clerks; Vidyut Sahayak; and Conducted and Driver is yet to begin.
Notably, the state government is also likely to put a brake on any development project that is not urgent and will resort to austerity drive to ensure the availability of funds for the fight against coronavirus.