The Public Service Commission’s (PSC) ‘haste’ in initiating a massive recruitment drive in the Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC), disregarding its financial crisis a year ago, has resulted in 5,500 candidates not yet receiving posting orders.

The commission had issued 9,300 appointment advice memos for filling the vacancies of conductors last August on the basis of the vacancies reported by the KSRTC and issued posting orders to 3,800 candidates.

As many as 1,700 candidates who received the posting orders did not join duty and the commission is understood to have received their non-joining duty (NJD) reports too. The 5,500 candidates who did not get posting orders have to wait endlessly for another chance.

PSC sources told The Hindu here that the 5,500 candidates run the risk of losing their seniority in the selection process. The commission’s decision to expedite the recruitment process before Onam last year without considering the request of the corporation had drawn flak.

The corporation had apprised the commission of its precarious financial position and its inability to absorb such a large number candidates. Still the commission went ahead on the premise that the number of vacancies once reported could not be slashed or repealed.

Based on the actual requirement, 3,800 posting orders were issued. Since the corporation did not expect an immediate turnaround, it would not be easy to recruit the candidates in the near future. An appointment advice of the commission is deemed as a firm offer. The uncertainty gripping such a large number of candidates may cast serious aspersions on the recruitment process itself, the sources said.