Sports quota: Maharashtra to verify sports certificates of government job aspirants

Candidates submitting fake sports certificates to join government jobs have long been a threat, but now software has been developed to verify the authenticity of these documents and bring transparency to the recruitment process.

The National Informatics Center (NIC) has developed an application that would verify the authenticity of sports certificates submitted by candidates when applying for government service jobs in Maharashtra. “The software is in its final stages of testing and will be released soon,” Maharashtra Sports Commissioner Om Prakash Bakoria said. PTI.

There is a five percent quota, for candidates who have won at least state-level tournaments, in all government departments of Maharashtra. However, in March this year, then Maharashtra Sports Minister Sunil Kedar admitted to the state assembly that several people had produced fake sports certificates to get government jobs. Currently, the process of verifying the authenticity of sports certificates submitted by applicants for government employment under the 5% quota is tedious and time-consuming.

Once a candidate applies for a government job through a sports quota, he must submit an appropriate certificate of his excellence. However, the number of sports recognized (to receive quota benefits) by the government, its many tournaments held in various parts of Maharashtra or the country and their certificates – is in itself a huge data to deal with. “There is no standard format of design, size or shape of the certificate issued by sports organizations. It is almost impossible for the screening officer to verify the authenticity of these documents in a short period of time. “said a senior state sports official. sports commissionerate.quota, sports quota in india, get jobs through sports quota, jobs through spiritual quota, does governor

This is where the NIC software is going to be of great help to the authorities involved in the recruitment process. “The NIC was brought in to solve the problem,” Bakoria said, adding, “The certificates submitted by the athletes will be uploaded to the NIC’s cloud storage platform called ‘Meghraj’. Its current data storage capacity is 70 GB and will be gradually increased as more certificates are digitized.” “We plan to go live with the new software on August 8. Once going live, each new certificate will have a QR code. It can be scanned anywhere and by any agent to verify its authenticity,” said he explained. Job applicants will be kept informed during the certificate verification process.

“When a candidate submits their sports certificate while applying for a government job, the relevant department, with the help of the software, will occasionally inform the candidate via SMS about the verification steps. When the certificate is accepted or rejected by the software, it will be immediately reported to the candidate,” said the Sports Commissioner. Asked about the size of data that the Sports Commissioner will process, Bakoria said: “In the last calendar year, no less than 19 000 certificates have been issued. The number of certificates to be issued each year will vary and depend on the number of sports tournaments. was organized that year. »

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