ITANAGAR, Aug 20 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has welcomed the Centre�s decision to set up a National Recruitment Agency (NRA) that will conduct a common preliminary examination for recruitment in Central Government jobs. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, took the decision on Wednesday.
Khandu said, �Another landmark decision to bring transparency in governance and providing equal opportunities to all. I congratulate our PM Narendra Modiji for setting up the National Recruitment Agency. Arunachal Pradesh will greatly benefit from this reform.�
As per official sources, the NRA will conduct a common eligibility test (CET) and based on the CET score, a candidate can apply for a vacancy with the respective agency. The test will be conducted for three levels: graduate, higher secondary (12th passed) and matriculate (10th passed) candidates.
Examination centres will be set up in every district of the country. Special focus will be on creating examination infrastructure in the 117 �aspirational� districts.
Khandu said that the move would benefit poor candidates, as in the present system they have to appear in multiple examinations conducted by multiple agencies. They have to incur expenditure on examination fees, travel, boarding, lodging, etc. The single examination is likely to reduce the financial burden on such candidates.
�A single eligibility test will significantly reduce the recruitment cycle as recruitment will be now based on CET scores,� the Chief Minister added.
On an average, 2.5 crore to 3 crore aspirants appear for about 1.25 lakh vacancies in the Central Government every year.