Long queues for government job recruiting may soon be long gone


Let’s face it, the job scene in Goa is minimal at best. Or so we believe. The government apparently does have vacancies but also extremely long queues to fill these positions. Therefore, one can imagine at the task they have at filling in these posts. They are now looking at changing the system of recruiting personnel to take up these job vacancies.

The solution to recruiting personnel

With around 10,000 vacancies to be filled, the government is attempting to ease the recruitment process. They are planning on holding a single test for lower division clerks (LDC) and data entry operators’ posts in all departments by inviting applications through a single advertisement, once in a year. This is being done to avoid long queues of aspirants outside government offices.

If this new system sees the light of the day, prospective candidates need not apply to different departments as their single application would be considered for all the posts in various departments. “We are contemplating to hold only one examination for LDC and data operators’ posts in all departments so that candidates need not appear again and again,” said a senior government officer.

He added, “all departments will be asked to publish their requirements in a single advertisement once in a year.”

“We will ask all the departments to finalize the number of posts that need to be filled, and by March the same will be advertised. Final recruitment will be done by December-end,” he said.

According to sources, there is a backlog of more than 5000 jobs pending recruitment. The situation has been the same for the last two-and-a-half years. The government now aims to fill all the posts by December.

“We haven’t done any recruitment during the past one year. Employees will now be hired as per the requirements of departments during the previous year as well as the next year,” the CM, Mr. Manohar Parrikar had said.

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A flawed recruitment process?

Interestingly enough, former chief minister, Laxmikant Parsekar had introduced the Goa Staff Selection Commission Bill, 2016. This was supposed to streamline the process of filling service posts in all government departments and organizations. The process mainly involved conducting examinations, choosing candidates based on their passing and recruiting them accordingly. Unfortunately, it never actually saw the light of the day.

As of now, there are approximately 10,000 vacancies in various departments, which include 1,700 posts in the police force, 1,989 in the PWD, 865 in the electricity department, 103 in revenue, 426 in education, 350 in the forest department and 250 in the fire force.

Source – TOI