Even as his government on Monday decided to ease recruitment rules to plug certain long-pending vacancies, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Amarinder Singh ordered immediate steps to fill up a whopping 19000 vacancies in various departments.

The vacancies to be filled up on priority include 5000 in the Police department, 5300 in Electricity department (PSPCL), 2500 teachers, 5000 paramedic and specialized staff, including doctors and specialists, in Health Department and 1300 in the Revenue department.

The CM has also asked the other departments to submit their lists of vacancies without delay so that the process of filling them up could also be initiated immediately.

While bringing more efficiencies into the concerned departments, the move will also generate additional employment in the state, which has witnessed the creation of significant job opportunities through a series of job melas and other initiatives in the past two years, said an official spokesperson after a meeting of the state cabinet, chaired by the chief minister.

The CM’s directives came even as the Council of Ministers decided to ease the recruitment rules for qualified civil services personnel in the state through amendments to various relevant legislations, thus paving the way for filling posts that remain vacant due to non-availability of suitable candidates.

The decision would help resolve the issues related to the allocation of services on the basis of Punjab State Civil Services Combined Examination.