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Another bid to scuttle quota? Modi govt mulls major changes in UPSC recruitment

Monday May 21, 2018 10:00 AM, News Network

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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government in New Delhi, already under fire over dilution of SC/ST Act, is now facing flak for its proposal to bring in major changes in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) recruitment process and proposing to make foundation course compulsory for civil services allocation.

Calling the proposal “a direct assault on the reservation for Dalits and backward classes”, DMK working president M.K. Stalin demanded its immediate withdrawal.

“You cannot decide the future of a student, who spent years together to clear the UPSC examination, by giving powers to a dozen supervisors in Mussoorie,” Stalin said in a statement while responding to an order issued by Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, Vijay Kumar Singh, on the proposed system.

As per the proposed system, cadres and services to probationers who clear the UPSC Civil Services Examination only after they complete a three month foundation course. At present, service allocation to the candidates is made well before the commencement of the foundation course.

Stating that the proposed changes are harmful to the social justice principles which underpin the selection of civil servants in the country, DMK warned of protest if they are not immediately withdrawn

“Bringing in an additional marking based on the performance of the probationers would pave the way for blatant nepotism and favouritism. Whenever subjectivity is introduced into the system, caste and communal considerations will trump merit and such a system is naturally geared to disadvantage candidates from backward classes,” DMK spokesperson Manuraj S. said.

The foundation course for the candidates who clear the UPSC exams is conducted at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA). The course is a combination of activities carried out at the academy, consists of academic components such as public administration, law and political science, besides a number of extra-curricular activities such as trekking, village visits and interaction with fellow probationers. It counts for 400 marks, but, along with the other phases of the probation period, only goes towards establishing seniority within the batch.

Meanwhile, the government said “no final decision has been taken” on the issue and is so far only being explored to better assess candidates.“No final decision has been taken and it is one of the suggestions under consideration,” a functionary in Department of Personnel and Training said.

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