Ranchi, Sept. 2: At its maiden cabinet meeting attended by all members, the Hemant Soren government today resolved to amend rules to give a Class III compensatory job to 1971 war hero Albert Ekka’s son, Ekka Vincent Albert.
With this resolution, the longstanding controversy over the state’s alleged indifference towards martyrs who died for the nation will get a positive break.
Cabinet coordination department principal secretary J.B. Tubid said to secure a Class III job in the state government offices, the minimum education qualification was intermediate or Plus Two and the maximum age limit for a Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidate was 45 years.
Vincent, a matriculate, is 45 years old.
Though his qualification is below par and his age borderline, his getting a government job will herald a mood of optimism among the next-of-kin of patriots.
The cabinet also discussed Jharkhand Public Service Commission exams. To ensure a fair deal to all kinds of candidates taking the state civil services examinations, the syllabi has been revised in tune with recommendations made by an examination reforms panel headed by former chief secretary V.S. Dube.
The candidates will hereafter have to answer exams worth 1,000 marks spread over six papers. However, there will be a preliminary screening of the compulsory first paper of 100 marks.
The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of total marks secured by the individual candidates.
The first paper will have general Hindi and English, carrying 50 marks each. The questions will be of Class X standard. The minimum qualifying marks will be 30.
Only candidates clearing the first paper will be allowed to take the other six.
In the next leg, the first paper of 100 marks will test language and literature. Apart from nine regional languages being popularly used in the state, Sanskrit, Hindi, Odia, Urdu, Bengali and English will also figure among the optional subjects.
From the second to the fifth paper, each will be of 200 marks, and will bear the generic term of “general studies”.
The second paper will involve questions on history and geography. The third paper on general studies will ask questions from Indian Constitution, polity, governance and public administration. The fourth paper will test aspirants on Indian economy, globalisation, sustainable development, among other related topics. The fifth paper will have questions on general science, technology development, environment, among others.
And, the sixth paper will be a personality test of 100 marks.
The revised syllabi will be applicable from sixth JPSC exams, whose applications are likely to be invited soon.
This streamlined syllabi is a step to ensure candidates belonging to different academic streams get fair chance to score in the JPSC exam. “This will also ensure the state administration doesn’t have proportional representations by candidates belonging to different streams of education,” Tubid added.
The cabinet granted administrative sanction to strengthen and widen many roads across the state, including the Namkum-Doranda stretch. A sum of Rs 30.37 crore has been approved for four-laning this road.
The cabinet also ordered termination of services of 125 doctors who have been absent from duty since October 2009. Regulations were also approved to grant assured career progression and other promotional benefits for doctors not engaged in teaching jobs.