Interviews for junior level jobs abolished
The government has planned to do away with interviews for junior level jobs. In his Mann ki Baat programme, PM Modi said that the entire process for this was completed. He said that ongoing process would not be interrupted but the decision would come into effect on January 1. This could benefit lakhs of job aspirants who try for junior level government jobs.
Modi wants low level job interviews gone
Addressing the nation in his Independence Day speech, PM Modi said that practice of holding interviews for recruitment at junior levels was breeding corruption. He stressed that recruitment should be done only through transparent, online processes. He said that people from far north-east had to come to Mumbai just for interviews. He added that people should get jobs on the basis of their marksheet.
How are the appointments done?
Recruitment for Group A and B's gazetted services are mostly done by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). Junior-level appointments, on the other hand, are made on the basis of written tests and interviews, conducted mainly by Staff Selection Commission (SSC).
Junior level govt job interviews to be abolished
The department of personnel and training was identifying posts in the government where the requirement for an interview could be discarded. The government was planning to start this process with Group D. Although, the plan was expected to be extended to Group C and Group B jobs as well. The government argued that the process was fool-proof and would not be misused in future.
Who are gazetted and non-gazetted officers?
Gazetted Officers are executive/managerial/supervisorial level ranked public servants in governments. They were classified in Group A and B(gazetted) and had the authority to issue official stamps on behalf of government. Non-gazetted officers do not possess any significant administrative position. They were classified in Group B(non-gazetted), C and D and do not have authority to issue official stamps on behalf of government.
Number of employees in gazetted and non-gazetted services
Nearly 95% of the total 36 lakh central government employees are fall under Group D, C and Group B's non-gazetted categories. Only 5% of the total employees fall under Group A and Group B's gazetted services.
Why did Modi do away with interviews?
This move was taken to stop corruption and bring in the transparency in the selection process. Modi had said that this would help the poor who had to resort to recommendations for the jobs. He added that people often fell prey to brokers who promised those jobs in exchange for money. He argued that a person cannot be evaluated in a 2 minute interview.