Police Verification on Fast Track
“Certificates uploaded on digital locker will do. There will be automated processing of the matter there on,” an official said.
The Centre has already allowed candidates to submit selfattested certificates, moving away from the earlier system that required attestation by gazetted officers.
Since January 1, the Centre has also done away with personal interviews for all junior Group B and all Group C and D level posts that form the bulk of government recruitments. The exemption applies to all central ministries, autonomous bodies and public sector undertakings. Now interviews are required only for senior level Group B posts and all Group A posts.
Under the new system, the provisional appointment letters, again e-signed by government officials, will also be sent online to the selected candidates.
The last stage, of joining the job, has proved to be the most arduous in many cases, since police verification of the candidates takes three-six months. Many candidates have complained that they had to pay bribes to get the process fast-tracked.
This may soon be a thing of the past. The group of secretaries has proposed that the successful candidates be allowed to join the job immediately on submitting an e-signed online self-declaration of having no criminal history. The appointment will be provisional, until the results of a time-bound police verification exercise come in. The DoPT on March 31 notified rules for selfdeclaration based joining.