States Asked to Take Steps to Stop Interviews for Group B & C Posts – Singh requested the chief ministers to involve their respective Public Service Commission and other recruiting agencies in efforts to discontinue the interview round and carry out the selection merely on the basis of a competitive examination.
Following up on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day call for ending the practice of interviews for junior posts in the government, minister of state for personnel Jitendra Singh on Wednesday wrote to all state chief ministers requesting abolition of interview for recruitment to lower posts “wherever possible”.
Appealing to chief ministers to take the lead in the initiative, Singh said several Group B (non-gazetted) and Group C (non-technical) posts in various ministries/departments under the central government had been identified where selections could be made through a competitive examination but without conducting an interview. The letter further said the matter was discussed with state personnel secretaries during a two-day workshop on September 8 and 9 and that some states have already initiated this exercise.
Singh requested the chief ministers to involve their respective Public Service Commission and other recruiting agencies in efforts to discontinue the interview round and carry out the selection merely on the basis of a competitive examination. “This will be a major step towards achieving the goal of citizen-centric transparent governance,” he said.
The government is pushing for abolition of interviews for junior-level posts where personality or skill assessment is not required. The objective is to curb corruption, ensure more objective selection in a transparent manner and substantially ease the problems of the poor and resourceless aspirants. “This will not only enable giving more weightage to merit but also supplement the government’s resolve for “maximum governance, minimum government”, a DoPT release said on Wednesday.
DoPT, along with the department of administrative reforms and public grievances (DAR&PG) and department of pensions and pensioners welfare, has recently undertaken several decisions including acceptance of self-attested certificates, introduction of pension portal to abolish the requirement for a written life-certificate and initiating a review of the pattern and syllabus of Civil Services Examination.
Source: Dainik Bhaskar