January 27, 2021: Union Minister Jitendra Singh stated on January 25, 2021 that 23 states and 8 Union Territories have eradicated/canceled the interview process of certain government recruitment posts. This is done in order to remove the criticisms and narratives of nepotism or corruption.
Singh said that putting an end to the interview process is done keeping in mind the benefits of people. It will indirectly help people of socially & economically weaker backgrounds to get recruited in public companies.
Initially, the idea for the abolishment came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi back in 2015 on the eve of Independence day. From then, the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) proceeded with the procedures of issuing orders for the same. With effect from 1st January 2016, all Group-B (Non-Gazetted) and Group-C posts in the Union government excluded the interview process.
Responding to the decision, some state governments had problems. But with logical statements and reasoning, the UTs and states have agreed to the decision of eradicating the interviews. Not only this, Jammu & Kashmir has also accepted the same. The recruitment will be done on scores in the written test.
Pointing towards the Secretary of DoPT, Deepak Khandekar, Singh stated that one of the crucial duties of the Department is to convince various state governments and UTs to accept the reforms taken by the Central Government.
Further praising the prime minister, he said that past reforms in DoPT proved successful and were approved only because of the constant efforts of the Prime Minister. Speaking on the future initiatives, Singh highlighted the setting up of the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) that will be looking at the Common Eligibility Test (CET).
Singh also threw some light on ‘Mission Karmayogi’, a national program that will be designed for Civil Services Capacity Building. Apart from this, a course under the head ‘Aarambh’ is also launched by the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie. The course is planned for civil service probationers.
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