Odisha PSC

Odisha administration in spotlight

The future of 76 OAS candidate took for granted

On 1 April 1949, Odisha Public Service Commission was formed which is an agency of state government for conducting Civil Services Examination. However, it was reported by the candidates that Odisha Public Service Commission was not fulfilling its responsibility properly in conducting examinations. Delays in the final results were seen because of which OAS came under huge criticism. Candidates ultimately had to raise their voices when the final result of 2011 was declared after four years gap in February 2016. It was reported by the public that, Odisha Public Service Commission played with the fate of candidate by taking it for granted. Moreover, after the exams were held, its result was not announced by OPSC for almost nine months.

After the announcement of results in 2011, 76 candidates made it to Odisha Civil Services merit list but their future was at stake as the decision regarding their appointment was not decided for almost 10 months by the State government. In contrast to the candidates of 2015 who were placed in their positions, the 76 candidates of 2011 remained unlucky and had to suffer for no reason, reported The Indian Express.

According to some sources, 494 posts of different categories which come under Odisha Civil Services Examination were issued by the government in the form of advertisement during the year 2011, for attracting more candidates. In total, 418 aspirants got selected for various posts in that year, however, during last year’s February their names were recommended for the posting. Also, because of the Supreme Court’s ruling on reservation policy, no clarification was seen and because of this, the 76 posts previously reserved for Socially Economically Backward Caste (SEBC) were held back.

It was said by the apex court that 50% would be the limit for the reservation, however, the reservation for SEBC would be 12.5%. Previously, 27% for SEBC reservation was advertised by the State Government. However, despite the orders of Odisha Administrative Tribunal for announcing the merit list of 76 selected candidates to OPSC, it went to the high court and denounced it.

Later on 17th May, after sustained tribunal orders of the high court on 1st March, the candidate’s merit list was announced by the OPSC. Despite this, the candidates were still left neglected because of the procrastinating behavior of the State Government. AK Meena, who is secretary of General Administration Department provided an assurance regarding the posting of candidates before next financial year, by telling about the progress regarding the processing of their files. This gave them a hope for their futures.

More than 15% of the BFSI workforce to migrate to new jobs that do not exist: EY report

A survey carried out by EY shows that approximately 15-20 percent of the Indian workforce particularly in the Banking, Financial Services and Insurance sector, abbreviated as BFSI, would be deployed in new jobs that do not exist. The report titled ‘The Future of jobs in India: A 2022 Perspective’ gives an overview of the job creation rate across different sectors of the economy including the lucrative BFSI as well as describing different new jobs that will emerge in the next five years.

In the recent times, the BFSI sector has experienced changes in technology and is experiencing a move towards robotic process automation that will see an increase in efficiency and productivity in the daily activities. This means that the impact on the jobs in terms of skills is expected to be significant in this particular sector. To cushion workers and jobs in Manipur, there is a need for skilling and re-skilling programs. That is according to Abizer Diwanji, National Leader for Financial Services at EY India

Here are the key highlights of the report:

20-25 percent of the existing jobs in BFSI will face a significant threat.

At least 68 percent of the respondents surveyed reported that chatbots and blockchain technologies are changing the BFSI sector in India. It is clear that Indian banks are considering bringing in robotics and chatbots into their branches to work as virtual assistants and to assist their customers in daily activities and interactions as stated in Moneylife.

The industry is adopting top technological trends in social media mobile technologies and robotics or automation.

There will be new job roles in the BFSI sector and they will include credit analyst, cyber security specialist, process modeler expert, blockchain architect, and an expert in robot programming. Data entry operator, tellers, underwriters, data verification, and cashiers are some of the jobs that will be threatened in the BFSI sector.

The report points out that the future of jobs in India by the year 2022 would largely be determined by country’s response to the following megatrends:

  • Under globalization, which is characterized by the level of exports made by Indian companies, fast adoption of exponential technologies and its effect on offshoring.
  • Under adoption of the latest technologies by the Indian companies, which will bring about business innovation, optimized supply chains, smart connected services and products and new work arrangements.
  • Under demographic changes that can lead to increased urbanization, and the rise in the middle class.

A huge number of industry experts believe that the launch of smart products and services will lead to the growth of the sector and economy at large.