The PMO was scheduled to have meeting of chief secretaries of all states on Friday to bring state governments in sync with PM’s decision to not to take interviews of candidates appearing for non-gazetted posts.

Facing flak from the opposition parties for inducing people in the midst of Bihar elections, the Modi government has postponed the process to abolish interviews for lower posts till Bihar polls are over.The PMO was scheduled to have meeting of chief secretaries of all states on Friday to bring state governments in sync with PM’s decision to not to take interviews of candidates appearing for non-gazetted posts.According to sources the government has cited ‘Unavoidable Administrative Reasons’ to postpone the meeting which will now be held on November 16, by when both Bihar polls and Diwali holidays will be over.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Chief Secretaries of all the states were conveyed on October 27 that scheduled workshop has been postponed. Centre wants to rope in states for the Modi government move to make the initiative a huge success,” sources said.Announcing the decision not to take any interviews for group B and C posts that fall in non-gazetted category, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his radio broadcast Mann Ki Baat on October 25 had said that his government will implement the decision from January 1, 2016 and the process for the same has been initiated.Asserting that he wants to end the practice of interviews as it bred corruption and the poor people were being looted by dalals, Modi in his radio broadcast said, “The government has completed the entire process to do away with interviews for lower rank jobs. There will be no requirement of interview for Group D,C and B non-gazatted posts in central government. It will come into effect from January 1, 2016.”Though PM steered clear from mentioning anything related to Bihar elections as directed by the Election Commission, taking an exception to the announcement, the opposition parties – JD (U), RJD and Congress – approached the election commission claiming that it falls within the definition of inducement and thus violated the model code of conduct.While the election commission has not commented on the issue so far, according to sources, it has spoken to the government about the opposition parties’ view, prompting the PMO to halt the process of calling the chief secretaries of states to discuss the issue.The process of calling state chief secretaries as stakeholders will now begin after Diwali by which time the election would also be over, a senior government official said.Recently, Minister for Personnel Jitendra Singh had written a letter to all Chief Ministers asking them to identify such posts which could be exempted from interviews.

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PMO postpones meeting to decide no interviews for non-gazetted posts