Cong Er­ror Un­nerves TN Can­di­dates

Can­di­dates may soon be able to com­plete the en­tire process on­line — from ap­ply­ing for a gov­ern­ment job to join­ing it, bar­ring the writ­ten test

The Economic Times - - Front Page - Aman.Sharma@ times­

New Delhi: Let’s face it, few peo­ple look for­ward to in­ter­act­ing with gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials even if they want to join the ranks of the sarkari work­force them­selves.

An on­line re­cruit­ment plan in the works may soon relieve thou­sands of such as­pi­rants of the need to queue up at of­fices mul­ti­ple times, jos­tle to put in a word from some­body who seems to know some­body important and pos­si­bly of­fer a bribe to get their po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion fast­tracked — all to join a cov­eted gov­ern­ment job.

Soon can­di­dates may be able to com­plete the en­tire re­cruit­ment process on­line, bar­ring the ex­er­cise of ap­pear­ing in a writ­ten test. That is, if an am­bi­tious dig­i­tal plan of the Naren­dra Modi gov­ern­ment comes through and the states fall in line.

The Cen­tre is plan­ning a “face­less, pa­per­less and cash­less” experience for gov­ern­ment re­cruit­ments. This fol­lows a pro­posal of a group of sec­re­taries to the prime min­is­ter, as per which the can­di­dates will not have to come face-to­face with any gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial from ap­ply­ing till join­ing the job.

“The sec­re­taries in the min­istry of per­son­nel are do­ing a weekly re­view of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the group of sec­re­taries to en­sure the ear­li­est pos­si­ble im­ple­men­ta­tion. This has been taken up with all sec­re­taries at the Cen­tre and chief sec­re­taries of states,” a DoPT spokesper­son told ET. Depart­ment of Per­son­nel & Train­ing (DoPT) Sec­re­tary Sanjay Kothari and For­eign Sec­re­tary S Jais­hankar were part of the 12-mem­ber group, which gave its rec­om­men­da­tions in Jan­uary.

As per the plan, all gov­ern­ment va­can­cies will be put up on a com­mon por­tal and ap­pli­ca­tions will be in­vited on­line. Ap­pli­cants will be al­lowed to cer­tify their ap­pli­ca­tions with eSign, an on­line elec­tronic sig­na­ture ser­vice which en­ables an Aad­haar card holder to dig­i­tally sign a doc­u­ment.

This will do away with the need of phys­i­cally sign­ing ap­pli­ca­tion forms and queu­ing up at of­fices to sub­mit them. The new sys­tem will also al­low pay­ment of exam fee on­line through a uni­ver­sal pay­ment in­ter­face. The can­di­dates will be able to up­load their cer­tifi­cates into a dig­i­tal locker, which will al­low the gov­ern­ment ac­cess th­ese doc­u­ments on­line. will be put up on a com­mon por­tal

On­line sub­mis­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions through eSign

be up­loaded on­line from dig­i­tal locker, no at­tes­ta­tion re­quired

of fee through Uni­ver­sal Pay­ment In­ter­face Au­to­mated pro­cess­ing; ap­point­ment letters to be is­sued on­line via eSign

self­dec­la­ra­tion, pend­ing a po­lice ver­i­fi­ca­tion An over­sight by Congress lead­ers in Tamil Nadu, or what the party calls a ’small typ­ing er­ror’ in its can­di­da­ture forms, has un­nerved most of its 41 can­di­dates. The party’s ’sym­bol forms’, con­sid­ered most important for val­i­da­tion of their can­di­da­ture, say they are stand­ing for “Tamil Nadu by elec­tions" and not assem­bly polls, re­ports Va­sudha Venu­gopal.

Sec­re­taries in DoPT are do­ing a weekly re­view of the pro­posal

The ce­ment maker ar­gued that CCI could not ap­prove stake sale un­til the ac­quirer was known as it could raise com­pe­ti­tion con­cerns.

The reg­u­la­tor will now tell Com­pat that a third party au­dit firm will su­per­vise the di­vest­ment to en­sure trans­parency, the of­fi­cial said.

“We don’t want global plans of any com­pany get stuck due to In­dian reg­u­la­tors un­nec­es­sar­ily. We had al­lowed Lafarge to go ahead with 100% stake sale af­ter they couldn’t merge with Holcim, be­cause we have to keep in mind the ease of do­ing busi­ness as well,” a se­nior CCI of­fi­cial told ET.

“We are en­sur­ing that there are enough safe­guards so that there’s no sit­u­a­tion of a cou­ple of play­ers dom­i­nat­ing the In­dian ce­ment mar­ket,” the of­fi­cial said.

Dalmia’s le­gal coun­sel had ar­gued be­fore Com­pat that CCI can rat­ify the new deal only af­ter a fresh no­tice is filed by Lafarge in­clud­ing the de­tails of pro­posed buyer.

In the case of Sun-Ran­baxy merger last year also CCI had ap­pointed Price Water­house & Co as a mon­i­tor­ing agency for the di­vest­ment process. CCI had ear­lier barred any player with over 5% of the to­tal in­stalled ce­ment ca­pac­ity in the rel­e­vant ge­o­graphic mar­ket to bid for Lafarge’s units.

The plan to sell all of Lafarge In­dia’s as­sets kicked off last month. It came af­ter an ear­lier deal to sell two ce­ment units to Birla Corp in a Rs 5,000-crore trans­ac­tion fell through be­cause of re­stric­tions re­lated to the trans­fer of mines. Lafarge In­dia has 11 mil­lion tonnes per an­num ce­ment ca­pac­ity.

Ear­lier this March, an amend­ment to the Mines and Min­er­als Devel­op­ment Act was passed by the Lok Sabha, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for com­pa­nies to trans­fer a mine as­set linked to a ce­ment unit at the time of a sale. While the amend­ment has been in dis­cus­sion for the last few months, La­fargeHol­cim de­cided to di­vest its in­ter­est in Lafarge In­dia to has­ten the clo­sure of its global merger in In­dia. CCI on Fe­bru­ary 2 ap­proved the re­vised plans through a sup­ple­men­tary or­der while the orig­i­nal di­rec­tive came al­most a year back, on March 30, 2015.

The orig­i­nal CCI or­der al­lowed the merger of Holcim and Lafarge on con­di­tion that they would di­vest their plants in East In­dia as merger raised com­pe­ti­tion con­cerns.

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