Dr Jitendra writes to CMs to abolish interview for jobs

Excelsior Correspondent

NEW DELHI, May 18: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh, in his capacity as In-charge Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) , has personally written to Chief Ministers of nine States to initiate the process of abolishing interview for selection to gazetted and lower level posts.
These nine States, including Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Nagaland, Odisha, Tripura, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim are the ones which are yet to effectively initiate the process of discontinuation of interview, whereas the other 20 States have already made a significant headway in this direction.
In a direct communication addressed to each of the Chief Ministers of these States, Dr Jitendra Singh has cited the Independence day speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15th August 2015, wherein he had called  for the discontinuation of the practice of interview in order to bring in transparency and ensure level-playing field for aspirants from all sections and backgrounds.
Dr Jitendra Singh pointed out that within five months of the announcement made by the Prime Minister, the DoPT had, with effect from 1st January 2016, discontinued interview for recruitment to all Group ‘C’, Group ‘D’, Group ‘B’ (Non-Gazetted) and equivalent posts under all the Ministries, Departments, attached offices, subordinate offices, autonomous bodies, PSUs, etc. falling under the Government of India.
Not only this, he cited the address by the President of India delivered on 31st January 2017, wherein the Rashtrapati had indicated that the process of recruitment to government jobs has been made simpler and transparent by dispensing with interview for recruitment to non-gazetted posts.
Expressing disappointment over slow response by some States, Dr Jitendra Singh stated that the DoPT has taken up the matter with the State Governments from time to time. The issue was also discussed with the Principal Secretaries / Secretaries of General Administration Departments (GAD) of all States at a meeting held on 22.04.2016. However, the details or the follow-up or the decision taken by the above States is still awaited.
Besides transparency and fair selection, Dr Jitendra Singh also noted that the abolition of interviews will make the selection process much more cost-effective. He has urged upon the States to take a led in this initiative and also communicate to the Centre about the progress made.
Meanwhile, President of the Delhi Unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), Sunil Yadav today called on Dr Jitendra Singh and gave him an update on the organizational activities of the unit. He also extended to Dr Singh an invitation to address and participate in an interactive programme / discussion with the young members of Delhi BJYM.


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