Thursday, October 08, 2015

Do away with job interview for junior posts: Centre to CMs

NEW DELHI: Chief Ministers of all states have been asked to do away with the practice of interviews for  identified junior-level posts to curb corruption and substantially ease the  problems of the poor and resourceless aspirants.

Union Minister for  Personnel Jitendra Singh  has written a letter to all chief ministers in this regard asking them to  identify such posts from where the process of interview can be  abolished.

The move comes  after Prime Minister  Narendra Modi had put forward  such a suggestion during his Independence Day address to the nation this  year.

As a prompt follow-up to the Prime Minister's suggestion, the  Personnel Ministry had earlier sent a communication to chief secretaries of all  states. Now, Singh has written separate letters to all the chief ministers  requesting them to lead this initiative in their respective states.

"The  government's view is that the interviews should be discontinued for recruitment to junior level posts where personality or skill assessment is not  absolutely required.

"The objective behind abolition of interviews for  such posts is that it will curb corruption, ensure more objective selection in a  transparent manner and substantially ease the problems of the poor and  resourceless aspirants," said Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, Public  Grievances and Pensions.

This will not only enable giving more weightage  to merit but also supplement the government's resolve for 'maximum governance, minimum  government', he said.

In the letter, Singh has informed that several  Group 'B' (Non-Gazetted) and Group 'C' (Non-Technical) in various ministries and  other organisations under central government have already been identified where  the selections can be made through a competitive examination without  interview.

Chief Ministers have been requested to involve the Public  Service Commission and other recruiting agencies in their respective states where interview can be  discontinued and selection can be done only through examination. This would be a  major step towards achieving the goal of citizen-centric transparent governance,  the Minister said.

The Ministry had in past 16 months undertaken several  "path-breaking" decisions including abolition of attestation of certificates and  instead introduced self-attestation, introduction of a pension portal to abolish the  requirement for a written life-certificate and decision to revisit and revise  the pattern and syllabus of civil services examination, he said.

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