Friday, March 18, 2011

SSC's north office turns first ever ISO-9001 certified govt recruiting body

THE northern regional office of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has become the first ever ISO-9001:2008 certified recruiting agency in the government sector in the country. The certification was conferred on SSC by the British Certification Inc in New Delhi on Thursday. The SCC which always plays the second fiddle to UPSC in recruitment process of the government, has come out first in regard to getting ISO-9001 certificates.
According to a cabinet secretary-headed meeting that took place on February 19, 2011, it was proposed that 62 government ministries or departments would have to procure ISO-9001 certifications compulsorily during the financial year of 2011-12. The key ministries such as PMO, finance, home, defence and external affairs, which are exempted from participating in target-based RFD (Results Framework Documents) are however exempted from mandatorily procuring ISO-9001 certificates.
With ISO-9001:2008 certificates, the SCC will now help in creating customer satisfaction for candidates and user departments. It will also help in optimal use of material and manpower.
The SSC is a premier organisation for recruitment of Group B Non-Gazetted and Group C Non-technical staff of various Central government ministries or departments all over the country. During 2010-11, the Northern Region has handled 15.60 lakhs job applicants and offered job opportunities to 7670 of them till March 15, 2011.

Meghalaya follows Bihar on babus’ assets
The government of the North-East state of Meghalaya is working on a policy to make it mandatory for bureaucrats to declare their assets annually. As tribal people of North East don’t need to file income tax returns, there is no mechanism as yet to assess the total assets of each government official. Bihar has recently made it mandatory for bureaucrats to declare their assets annually and put those in government websites.

Andhra for deputation allowance to IAS
Andhra Pradesh government informed AP High Court that it decided to pay deputation allowance to all its IAS, IPS and other officials who are working in state-owned corporations.
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