Senior government servants recruited through the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) will now have to undergo a skill test for seniority and promotions.
The government has proposed fundamental changes to the recruitment model for candidates selected through MPSC. According to a proposal likely to be brought before the state cabinet on Wednesday, the government wants to hold a skill set exam within two years of recruitment for all senior officials.
Scores obtained during this exam will play a role in fixing the seniority of the candidates, which, in turn, will decide their promotions.
“An average of the MPSC score and that of the skill test would be used to determine seniority,” says the proposal.
While training is imparted to candidates after being hired through MPSC, no exam is conducted following such training to determine the seniority.
Dividing the officials into two separate groups based on the recruitment level, the government has proposed that they be imparted a uniform skill set training at Pune’s Yashada and Nagpur’s Vanamati training institutes.
The training will be mandatory during the probation period of two years, followed by a written examination, says the proposal.
The government has also proposed to set up a training cell headed by the additional chief secretary (general administration). It has further proposed streamlining of various NOCs and certificates required by a recruited candidate. The new module will cost the state exchequer Rs 23 crore for the first three years. The new proposal will only be applicable for candidates recruited from 2014 onwards.