To check irregularities and bring transparency, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has proposed the introduction of online recruitment service for the civic body through Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd (MKCL). In a proposal tabled at the standing committee, the civic administration sought permission to have an agreement with the MKCL, whereby it could introduce the online recruitment facility.
“The MKCL, organisation promoted by the state government, offered to execute the facility for PMC,” said Municipal Commissioner Mahesh Pathak in the proposal. The facility is being planned for recruitment of staff in categories of class one to three. “Class four civic staff do not need much educational qualification to be eligible for work. Thus, the applicants are unlikely to have knowledge of the internet and will be comfortable with submitting hard copies,” a civic body officer said.
The pre-examination system will enable the PMC to accept applications and issue challans for payment of fee for the applicants through the online facility. It will also provide customer relationship management service of SMS, e-mail account and log-in website for each candidate. The process will include communication regarding availability of examination centres, seating arrangement and admit card to candidates for examination through the online facility. After the examination, the facility will be used to declare results, publish cut-off list and final list after compiling marks of the exam and interview.
The charge for online application processing will be Rs 125 per candidate and Rs 165 for OMR answer sheet and processing of the written examination result that will be conducted by PMC. The charges will be Rs 225 per candidate if the facility includes online application processing, examination and result processing by MKCL.
The MKCL has successfully implemented this framework of online and quasi-online recruitment across the state for more than 60 state government departments and has around 50 lakh applicants using the facility, the proposal said.
Civic activist Vihar Durve welcomed the PMC step for online recruitment. “This will make the recruitment process transparent and stop unwarranted interference of corporators. Though the recruitment powers have been recently given to the civic body chief, corporators try to push for