T.S. Ranganna

Revenue Department frames rules for direct recruitment of 107 tahsildars

KPSC and other agencies have filed over 60 objections with the Government Successive governments since 1984 failed to recruit tahsildars through the KPSC Deve Gowda writes to Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh asking him to stop the recruitment

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) has again been bypassed when it comes to another batch of much-regarded appointments to government service at a time when career opportunities under the state are on the decline.

The Revenue Department has set out to directly recruit 107 tahsildars and framed the rules ignoring the KPSC, exercising its special powers.

It is feared that such a step taken by the Department might entangle it in one more legal battle with the 180 candidates, who have already appeared for the examination conducted by it, and are awaiting selection. Meanwhile, the KPSC and other agencies have filed over 60 objections with the Government questioning the propriety of usurping the powers conferred on the commission under the Constitution to recruit government employees.

Successive governments since 1984 failed to recruit tahsildars through the KPSC, barring in 1997-98 when it requested the Commission to recruit 50 tahsildars. But, it got entwined in legal battles and, after a prolong litigation, the Supreme Court gave its nod for completing the process. The Commission has gone ahead with the appointments and might proceed with the interviews shortly, having completed the moderation of marks as a prelude to it.

Apart from this, the commission has completed the process of recruiting 80 tahsildars for which the Government sent its proposal in 1999. The Revenue Department will have a list of 180 tahsildars ready with it, if the process of recruitment that begun in 1998 and 2005 are completed. The Commission has plans to complete the two batches of selections within three months. Meanwhile, the Department is keen on taking up direct recruitment of tahsildars raising many an eyebrow and sending wrong signals.

The issue of direct recruitment has brought to the fore the differences within the Janata Dal (Secular). Its President H.D. Deve Gowda has dashed off a letter to Chief Minister N. Dharam Singh to stop the recruitment unmindful of the fact that Deputy Chief Minister M.P. Prakash holds the Revenue portfolio. Warning the Chief Minister, Mr. Gowda has admonished the coalition Government for such a "wrong step bypassing the KPSC."

He has said that it will lead to unnecessary confusion and suspicion among the people and the candidates, jeopardising their interests.

The Deputy Chief Minister, who felt sidelined by Mr. Gowda, has expressed his anguish over the developments.

However, he said that he would speak to Mr. Gowda and clear the air. He has claimed that Mr. Gowda is not averse to direct recruitment.

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