Abolishing interview system


State Government has finally made up its mind to abolish the practice of conducting interviews for recruitments to the non-gazetted posts in order to fast-track the selection process, which under prevailing system is not possible. A formal order in this regard is likely to be issued in near future so as to ensure that all the vacant posts referred to the recruiting agencies as on date are filled through the new mechanism.The landmark decision about abolition of interviews for recruitment to lower level posts was taken by the Prime Minister NarendraModi about two years back and from the ramparts of Red Fort on August 15, 2015 he had called upon all the States to immediately avoid practice of interviews on the ground that interviews for junior level posts were leading to corrupt practices and depriving candidates with higher merit in written test of jobs. Though majority of the States acted upon the suggestion of the Prime Minister and abolished the interviews for recruitment to non-gazetted posts yet Jammu and Kashmir preferred to ignore the issue and for nearly two years there was neither any serious discussion nor decision to fall in line with 18 States and 7 Union Territories of the country.
The dilly-dallying approach in taking decision was notwithstanding the fact that without abolition of interviews fast track recruitment to fill vacant posts in different departments was not possible. The issue of fast-track recruitment particularly to fill various non-gazetted posts in the Education Department, which has highest number of vacancies as on date, came up for discussion in a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary B BVyas few days back. After detailed deliberations, a consensus was emerged that abolition of interview system was imperative to ensure recruitments on fast track basis, sources said, adding it was decided that the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti will be apprised about the difficulties in fast-tracking recruitment for non-gazetted posts under the prevailing system and necessity of doing away with interviews. It is pertinent to mention here that till date, 18 States and 7 Union Territories of the country have abolished or discontinued the practice of holding interview for recruitment to lower level posts. Among the States which have yet not decided about abolition or discontinuation of interview include Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

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