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Goa to have State Staff Selection Commission soon

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Panaji: Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Monday told the House that his government was in the process to formulate State Staff Selection Commission (SSSC) to bring in more transparency in filling government vacancies across the board.

Sawant told the House during Question Hour that Inter departmental committee of officers (IDCO) has been working on finding out exact vacancies existing in various government departments.

The chief minister said that the necessary steps are taken to ensure that the process of filling the vacancies in various government department is transparent in absence of  the SSSC. “Last government (Parrikar-led government) had started the process to have to SSSC and we will be completing it,” he said.

Sawant said that in absence of SSSC, the instructions are given that written examinations for various vacancies are conducted by Goa University or Goa Education Development Corporation or any competent institution.

“If skill test is necessary to be held, then the respective department should hold it. We want competitive persons to come in our Administration,” he told the House responding to volley of questions posed by the opposition benches.

Sawant told the assembly that in a bid to get employment in the government sector, there are several qualified youths who have been applying for the lower level vacancies. “I know about a person who had passed engineering degree but had applied for the post of peon in government department. He would naturally pass the written exam, but that is not fair,” the chief minister said.

 The chief minister said that it is not possible for the government to provide employment in its department for each one. “That is why we want private sector to absorb these youths. At present, there are 55,000 government servants, and we can add maximum 10,000 more. Where will rest of them go?,” he questioned.

Sawant said that the register maintaining record of unemployed youth in the State has crossed one lakh mark, but many of those who have registered their name are already employed in a private sector.

The chief minister said that the register of state-run employment exchange would be connected to the private companies so as for the government to know exact number of unemployed youths in the State.

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