December 28, 2020: Some of the key initiatives for the online eligibility test that will be conducted for majority of the government recruitments and Mission Karmayogi for the capacity building of the central employees have been implemented for the personnel ministry in 2020.
Amidst the pandemic covid-19 circumstances, the ministry has taken a lot of measures for the smooth functioning of all the central government offices and also it provided safe working conditions for over 48 lakh employees.
The central government organizations continued to work by initiating the concept of work-from-home necessitated due to the pandemic covid-19 outbreak besides the staggering working hours and attendance system initiated by the personnel ministry.
Several steps were taken during this year by the ministry which ensured that the central government pensioners don't face any problems while submitting any life certificates. These certificates are a proof that is required to be submitted by the pensioners to the pension disbursing banks for the continued pension.
During November 2020, the personnel ministry announced that the postman would deliver doorstep services to the central government pensioners so that they can submit their life certificates through the online mode. A format was also introduced by the government to file the complaints against the anti-corruption ombudsman lokpal.
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said that the path-breaking decision to introduce the National Recruitment Agency (NRA) that will be responsible to conduct the Common Eligibility Test (CET) for all the recruitments to the government jobs. This introduction will provide a level playing field for the job seekers that will avoid several selection tests taking place at various locations.
Further, it has been decided by the government that more than 1 centers in every district of India will be allotted for the economically disadvantaged candidates and females which would not deprive themselves to miss such opportunities due to the travelling difficulty.
Mission Karmayogi will become a path-breaking decision in governance that would provide the constant upgrading mechanism for the government officials. The Minister said that there will be an online facility for every official to acquire the capacity building whenever a candidate takes up a new assignment or a new assignment is posted. In August, the Union Cabinet had decided to set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA).
NRA is a multi-agency body that will conduct the CET to shortlist candidates for the Group B & C (Non-Technical) Posts, which will have the representatives from the Ministry of Railways, Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs), Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Ministry of Finance/Department of Financial Services, and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
Currently, the government job seekers are required to appear for separate examinations conducted by various recruiting agencies for multiple posts, for which similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed. Candidates are also required to pay fees to these recruiting agencies and to travel long distances to appear for various exams. It has been reported that a total of 2.5 crore to 3 crore candidates appear to take up these recruitment exams.
The government had said that a CET would enable these candidates to appear once and apply to any recruitment agencies for the higher level of exam. NRA will act as a specialist body in bringing state-of-the-art technology and best practices to the recruitment fields of the Central Government.
In September 2020, the Union Cabinet approved Mission Karmayogi that aims at capacity building to make government employees more “Professional, technology enabled, creative and proactive”, ending the culture of the working silos and ensuring transparency.
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