The online common eligibility test for majority of government recruitments and Mission Karmayogi for capacity building of central employees were some key initiatives for the personnel ministry in 2020.
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry took well measures to facilitate smooth functioning of the entire central government offices and given protected working conditions to over 48 lakh employees.
The concept that of work-from-home necessitated because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown to stem the spread of the lethal infection but even so staggered working hours and attendance system initiated by the personnel ministry ensured that central government organisations continued to work.
Quite a lot of steps were also announced all over the year by the ministry to make sure that central government pensioners do not face any problem in submitting life certificates – a proof required to be submitted by them to the pension disbursing banks for continued pension.
In November, it was once made up our minds by the Centre that postmen would supply doorstep service to the central government pensioners for submitting their life certificates online.
“In view of the present pandemic, this is a enormous relief for pensioners to submit life certificates while staying at home,” a observation issued by the Personnel Ministry had said.
The government also came out with a format to dossier complaints with the anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal.
“One of the vital 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,” Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh said.
He said this will supply a level playing field for job seekers by avoiding a couple of selection tests at a couple of locations.
“Further, the government has also made up our minds to have no less than one or a couple of centre in each district of India in order that economically deprived candidates and women candidates particularly, shouldn’t have to deprive themselves of such opportunities owing to any difficulty in travelling,” Singh told PTI.
He said Mission Karmayogi is again going to turn into a path-breaking decision in governance by providing fixed upgrading mechanism for government officials.
“There will be an online facility for every official to acquire capacity building whenever she or he takes up a new assignment or whenever she or he is posted to a different assignment,” the minister said.
The Union Cabinet in August had made up our minds to establish the national recruitment agency, a multi-agency body, for conducting the CET to screen or shortlist candidates for the Group B and C (non-technical) posts.
The NRA will have representatives from the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Finance/Branch of Financial Services and products, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), Railway Recruitment Boards (RRBs) and the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS).
At present, candidates seeking government jobs have to seem for separate examinations conducted by a couple of recruiting agencies for more than a few posts, for which similar eligibility conditions have been prescribed.
Candidates also have to pay fee to a couple of recruiting agencies and have to trip long distances for appearing in more than a few exams.
These a couple of recruitment examinations are a burden on the candidates, as also on the respective recruitment agencies, involving avoidable or repetitive expenditure, law-and-order or security related issues and venue related problems.
On an average, 2.5 crore to 3 crore candidates appear in every of these examinations.
A CET would enable these candidates to seem once and apply to all or any of these recruitment agencies for the higher level of examination. This would indeed be a boon to the entire candidates, the government had said.
It is envisioned that the NRA would be a specialist body bringing state of the art technology and best practices to the field of central government recruitment.
The Union Cabinet had in September provided nod to Mission Karmayogi, dubbed as the biggest bureaucratic reform initiative, aimed at capacity building to make government employees more “creative, proactive, professional and technology-enabled”, ending the culture of working in silos and ensuring transparency.
A council, comprising make a choice union ministers, chief ministers and eminent public HR practitioners among others and headed by the prime minister, will serve as the apex body for providing strategic direction, while a Capacity Building Commission could also be proposed to be set up.
The government had in March issued a format for filing complaints of corruption against public servants including the prime minister with the Lokpal, 11 months after the anti-corruption ombudsman was once formed.
There’s a emptiness of two judicial members in the Lokpal, against the strength of four. Lokpal’s judicial member Justice (retd) Ajay Kumar Tripathi had passed on to the great beyond in May. Another judicial member Justice (retd) Dilip B Bhosale had resigned from the post in January.
When asked approximately these vacancies, Singh said “filling up of vacancies is an ongoing process”.