Online test for government requirement, the online Common Eligibility Test (CET) for majority of government requirements and mission ‘Karmayogi’ for capacity building of central employees were some key initiatives for the personnel ministry in 2020.
In the view of the current crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry took the measure decisions to facilitate smooth functioning of all the central government offices and provides a safe working environment to over 48 lakh employees.
The Ministry stated, “there will be an online facility for each official to acquire capacity building whenever anyone who is appointed for the requirements, takes up a new assignment or whenever he or she is posted to a different assignment.”
In August 2020, the Union Cabinet had made a decision to set up the Nation Requirement Agency (NRT), a multi-regulating-agency body, for conducting or organizing the CET examination for the government requirements to screen or shortlisted candidates for the group B and C (non-technical) post.
The NRA agency will have representatives from the following ministries- Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Department of Finance Services, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS), Railways Requirements Board (RRB), and Staff Selection Commission (SSC).
Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said, ”One of the historical path-breaking decisions is to have a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) which will conduct a Common Eligibility Test (CET) for recruitments to government jobs.”
He further added, “This initiative will provide a level playing field for job seekers by avoiding multiple selection tests at multiple locations.
At present, candidates willing to do a job in the government sector, have to appear for separate examinations conducted by multiple recruiting agencies for various posts, for which similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed.
These multiple vacancies examinations putts a burden on both applicants or job seekers as well as separate recruitment agencies. This mission ‘Karmayogi’ will help to deal with these various governments recruitment examinations in a better and in a transparent way. This will also reduce the expenditure, law-and-order or security-related problem, and venue-related issues.
“A CET examination would help these job-seeking candidates to appear once and apply to any or all of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination. This would eventually an advancement to all the candidates”, the Ministry added.
In September, the union cabinet had given a nod to this mission ‘Karmayogi’ as the biggest bureaucratic reform initiative, aimed to make candidates more capable in the field of creativity, proactive, technology, and professionalism. It brings more transparency in the recruitment process.
Mr. Singh said, “mission ‘Karmayogi is again going to set an example of reform in the path-breaking decision in governance by providing constant upgrading mechanisms for government officials.”
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