No interviews for junior posts in Govt. jobs
Minister of State for personnel Jitendra Singh on Wednesday appealed to the chief ministers of all states to abolish the practice of interview for several Group B (non-gazetted) and Group C (non-technical) posts in various ministries/departments under the Central Government. The Minister has written to all state chief ministers requesting abolition of interview for recruitment to lower posts “wherever possible”. The Central Government has suggested that the selections be made through a competitive examination involving the Public Service Commission and other recruitment agencies. Singh said, “This would be a major step towards achieving the goal of citizen-centric transparent governance.”
This proposition comes following the Independence Day speech by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, where he urged the state governments to abolish interview for junior posts on the following grounds:
• Sometimes the more deserving candidates who are higher on the merit list are rejected for having failed the interview.
• The procedure of interview was also leading to corrupt practices like bribes where personal interaction comes into the picture.
• The selection of candidates would become more objective and transparent.
• This would see substantial improvement in the status of the problems being faced by the poor and resource-less aspirants.
The department of personnel and training (DoPT) took up the matter with the state governments on 4 September 2015, following which the matter was discussed with the secretaries of General Administration Department (GAD)/personnel from states during a two-day workshop held in Delhi.
According to official sources, “Though many States in the country have already started an exercise to implement the suggestion of the Prime Minister, there is no taker of the same in Jammu and Kashmir and the recruitment at lower level posts are still being conducted after taking interviews. The non-serious approach towards abolition of interview system for non-gazetted and non-technical posts is notwithstanding the fact that numerous complaints are received about rejection of meritorious aspirants at this stage after performing better in written tests”.
The abolition of interview for junior level posts in the government will surely give more weightage to merit. The government’s resolve for “maximum governance, minimum government” will also be achieved through this abolition.
No Interviews for Non-Gazetted posts from January 1, 2016- says PM Narendra Modi
After hinting towards the abolishment of interview process for non-gazetted government jobs, the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced implementation of the same in his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’. He informed the media that from January 1, 2016, no interviews would be conducted for the Group D, C and B non-gazetted posts in the central government. As an initiative to curb the existing corruption in the jobs sector, PM Modi is confident about the positive outcome out of this new update.