Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh will inaugurate a one-day Workshop of the Principal Secretaries of the General Administration Department (GAD) of various States/Union Territories looking after the work of recruitment of employees, in New Delhi on Monday, November 16, 2015.
The daylong Workshop will focus upon the Central Government’s directions calling for discontinuation of Interview for recruitment to the Junior-level posts in the Government. Presentations will be made by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), representatives of State Government from Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Uttarakhand besides the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).
Dr. Jitendra Singh had last month appealed to the Chief Ministers of all the States to take steps to abolish interview for recruitment to lower posts wherever possible. As a prompt follow up to the suggestion made by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his Independence Day address to abolish interview for recruitment to such posts where it is not required, the DoPT took up the matter with the State Governments of all States on September 4, 2015 following which the matter was discussed with the Secretaries of General Administration Department (GAD)/Personnel from States during the two-day workshop held in New Delhi on September 8-9, 2015.
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. This will not only enable giving more weightage to the merit but also supplement the government’s resolve for “Maximum Governance, Minimum Government”.
In a letter addressed to the Chief Ministers last month, Dr. Jitendra Singh had informed that several Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted) and Group ‘C’ (Non-Technical) posts in various Ministries/Departments and other organisations under Central Government have already been identified where the selections can be made through a competitive examination without conducting the interview. The Chief Ministers of different States 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 DoPT and the Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DAR&PG) and the Department of Pensions and Pensioners Welfare have recently undertaken several path breaking decisions including abolition of attestation of certificates and instead introduced self-attestation of certificates, introduction of 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.