Food Corporation of India (FCI) is on a hiring spree as it plans to 7,000 in order to gear up for implementation of proposed Food Security Act, after hiring about 3,800 employees.
"This is a massive recruitment drive undertaken by the FCI," state-run FCI Executive Director (Personnel) D V Devinder Kumar Bhalla today said in a statement.
He said that 3,755 vacancies have been filled up in the category III in the first phase through the Staff Selection Commission (SSC). Offer letters are being issued at the Zonal office level and some of the candidates have already joined.
The recruitment for the 6,545 posts in Category III in the second phase is underway. The written examination for this selection has been concluded by SSC and the subsequent process will be completed before the issue of appointment
That apart, the FCI has now advertised 460 vacancies in the managerial cadre (Category II) and soon plans to advertise 30 vacancies for Assistant General Manager, Category-I posts.
Stating that the proposed Food law requires massive foodgrain management, Bhalla said extra manpower would be required to run the operation of FCI, which currently handles about 80 million tonnes of foodgrains.
FCI said more number of staff will be recruited in the north zone, where maximum foodgrains are handled, followed by south, west, east and northeast zones.
The proposed Food law aims to provide legal right on subsidised foodgrains to 67 per cent of the population.
FCI is the nodal agency for foodgrains procurement and distribution.
Last month, the government had put on hold its plans to bring an Ordinance on Food Security in the face of opposition within and outside and decided to make another attempt to evolve a consensus to get it through in Parliament.