Published: 01st February 2020
Union Budget 2020: Common Entrance Test for non-gazetted jobs in govt offices and banks soon
It wass proposed to set up a National Recruitment Agencies (NRA) as an independent professional organisation for conducting an online Comment Entrance Test for recruitment for all non-gazetted posts
The government is set to shift to a Common Entrance Test for all non-gazetted posts in governments and public sector banks, announced Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman while presenting the Union Budget 2020. This can potentially be a breath of fresh air for the youth of the country who have been stuck in the vicious cycle of recruitment exams and an indefinite wait for jobs.
"The government wants to introduce major reforms in the recruitment of non-gazetted posts in governments and public sector banks. At present, the candidates have to appear for multiple exams conducted by multiple agencies at different points of time for similar posts. this places an enormous burden on time effort and cost of the youth," said Sitharaman. "To mitigated the problems so faced, it is proposed to set up a National Recruitment Agencies (NRA) as an independent professional organisation for conducting an online Comment Entrance Test for recruitment for all non-gazetted posts. There will be a centre in each district, especially in the aspirational districts," added the FM.
More than 2.74 crore youth, aged 15 to 29 years, are unemployed and the situation has worsened in the past couple of years, indicates CMIE's recently released quarterly statistical profile of unemployment in India. The data shows that if classified by age, the most amount of unemployment is seen in the age group 24-29 years — 32.59 per cent of them are unemployed. Even though there are externalities that affect the unemployment rate at that age and it has always been the age group where unemployment is the highest.
Lauding the Modi government for its 6 year-long governance, the Finance Minister added that this Budget is for the people. "Guided by Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas, our government scaled up the implementation of schemes that directly benefited the poor and disadvantaged", said the FM. "There has been a paradigm shift in governance. We shall strive to bring ease of living to every citizen. Between 2006-16, India was able to pull 271 million people out of poverty. The milestones achieved under the Modi government have been unprecedented and were globally recognised," she added.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the Union Budget 2020 at the Lok Sabha on February 1, 2020, at 11 am. This budget is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second opportunity in seven months to refresh policy priorities to support an economy on a downward spiral. The Economic Survey that was released on January 31, a day before, projected India's economic growth at 6 per cent to 6.5 per cent in the next financial year starting April 1, saying growth has bottomed out. The growth in 2020-21 compares to a projected 5 per cent expansion in 2019-20.
Weak global growth impacting India, as well as investment slowdown due to financial sector issues, had led to growth dropping to a decade low in current fiscal, said the survey, adding 5 per cent growth projected for 2019-20 is the lowest it could fall for now.
The survey that sets the premise of the Union Budget, said that along with efforts for generating additional employment, special focus has been on improving the quality of jobs and formalisation of the economy. The share of regular wage or salaried employees has increased by 5 percentage points from 18 per cent in 2011-12 to 23 per cent in 2017-18. In absolute terms, there was a significant jump of around 2.62 crore new jobs with 1.21 crore in rural areas and 1.39 crore in urban areas in this category.
The survey also introduced Thalinomics to Indians — the affordability of Thalis vis-à-vis a day’s pay of a worker, which has improved over time, indicating improved welfare of the common person. The survey stated that affordability of vegetarian Thalis improved 29 per cent from 2006-07 to 2019-20 while that for non-vegetarian Thalis by 18 per cent.