State Times News NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Dr Jitendra Singh said here on Friday that abolition of interview is meant to check malpractices in recruitment and added that there has been very encouraging feedback from the States which were prompt in discontinuing the practice of interview in the selection for jobs, soon after the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) had issued a Circular ending the requirement of interview for Group D, C and B Non-Gazetted posts from January 1, 2016. Briefing about some of the path-breaking reforms in governance and personnel management brought about at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr Jitendra recalled that it was on the Independence Day on August 15, 2015, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had for the first time suggested that the practice of holding interview for recruitment at lower level in government could be done away with. Prime Minister Modi had said that he had seen youth often looking for “Sifarish” (recommendation) after receiving an interview call. Even poor widows are compelled to look for recommendations for interview of their children, the Prime Minister had said. Abolition of interview, said Dr Jitendra Singh, provided a level playing field so that even a candidate without any resources or coming from a poor background did not have to suffer from any disadvantage. He said, there had been allegations that on certain occasions, a candidate secured 95% marks in written test but was dropped from selection list by giving only 2 marks in the interview, while a candidate who had secured least marks in the written test was undeservingly given high marks in interview and thus inducted into the selection list for dubious considerations. Dr Jitendra said, the Modi Government works by conviction and added that we will stand steadfast to secure justice for the poorest of the poor candidate who emerges in the merit of written test, but we cannot be cowed down by extraneous pressure by those who lobby for backdoor entry into jobs through dubious means. Dr Singh recalled that in a State like Uttar Pradesh which was prompt to discontinue interview for selection of teachers and Maharashtra which had also very early abolished interview for the clerks, the experience was that this had eliminated the role of middlemen who duped the innocent youth by making them believe that once they somehow enter through backdoor even for a temporary job, they would later get regularised, but when this did not happen, the hapless youth were left to protest on streets. We have to put an end to this practice and motivate our youth to prepare themselves to compete through the written test, he said. In addition, Dr Jitendra said, the experience of the States which had abolished the practice of interview for the last few years is that there is also a huge saving on the State exchequer. These days even when there are only hundred vacancies advertised, the number of aspiring candidates is in thousands and, to conduct the interview for several days and engage experts for the same is also a huge expenditure for the government. Moreover, Dr Singh said, with the introduction of more and more of digital technology, the human interface has been minimized, as a result of which, there is virtually no room for manipulation of marks by anybody. This, he said, will also restore the confidence and faith of the youth in the recruitment process.
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