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Centre starts process to identify posts to do away interviews

Centre starts process to identify posts to do away interviews
A process to do away with job interviews in posts of various central government ministries has been started by the Centre, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said here on Tuesday.

He said a communique has been sent to all state governments, state public service commission and Staff Selection Commission to identify posts where interviews can be discontinued.

The move comes a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi put forward such a suggestion during his Independence Day address to the nation.

Singh, Minister of State for Personnel, reiterated the Prime Minister's claim that interviews sometimes lead to "manipulation, maneuverability and corruption".

"Therefore, barring such posts where an interview would help in testing special capabilities for a particular assignment; abolition of the provision of interview will not only be in larger public interest but would also offer a level playing field, even for those candidates who are resourceless and belong to lower socio-economic strata," he said.

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Presiding over a meeting of Principal Secretaries of General Administration or Personnel department from different states and union territories, Singh said the government will soon identify all those posts, particularly at junior level like Group III and IV, where an interview is avoidable and will stop this practice.

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