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Irdai scraps lopsided recruitment process

Irdai wanted to fill 18 posts of managers, assistant general managers, deputy general managers and general managers through a February 2018 notification.

, ET Bureau|
Jul 18, 2019, 11.12 AM IST
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Irdai, under the leadership of its chairman Subhash Chandra Khuntia, is also weighing options to order an inquiry into alleged abnormalities in hirings in the past.
HYDERABAD: India’s insurance regulator has annulled the recruitment process for various posts after allegedly being alarmed over perceived anomalies. It has also decided to spruce up internal governance practices pertaining to issues such as whistle blowers and sensitive posts, among others.

The insurance regulatory and development authority of India (Irdai), under the leadership of its chairman Subhash Chandra Khuntia, is also weighing options to order an inquiry into alleged abnormalities in hirings in the past, which involved relaxations, corrigendum on eligibility criteria and cancellation of recruitments in deviation from the personnel and training department’s (DoPT) instruction.

Further, the regulator is also said to be looking into a series of complaints it received from within and outside pertaining to alleged discriminatory clauses in some recruitment notifications to favour certain candidates, including some working with the Irdai on deputation.

“There was ambiguity in interpreting some of the eligibility criteria as mentioned in the recruitment notification,” Khuntia told ET, responding to a questionnaire. “So, it was felt advisable to cancel the process.”

In all, the Irdai wanted to fill 18 posts of managers, assistant general managers, deputy general managers and general managers through a February 2018 notification. However,Khuntia did not elaborate on the measures that the regulator is contemplating to spruce up the system and its internal processes pertaining to recruitments or on the status of the probe into various alleged deviations in the past.

“The recruitment process for various posts notified vide notification ref. no: HR/ Recruitment/ Feb 2018 dated 16.02.2018 stands cancelled,” said a notification issued by Irdai executive director M Pulla Rao, without elaborating on the reasons for such a decision or on fresh dates for the recruitment process.

There were instances of violations pertaining to the central vigilance commission (CVC) and DoPT instructions, according to which the hiring process should be shelved and the posts must be re-advertised if the response for any recruitment advertisements was poor, said a senior Irdai officer, who did not want to be identified.

“There were complaints in the past of the hiring process being unfair and discriminatory with age relaxations of up to 55 years to suit certain people. In some recruitments, written tests were cancelled and the candidates were directly invited for personal interviews.”

The Irdai officer quoted above said the response to many recruitment advertisements issued by the regulator was poor and attracted complaints on alleged misdeeds when the hiring process was taken up by the in-house human resources department.

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