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
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.