Chief Minister inaugurates Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Public Service Commission
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The State Government will ensure independent functioning of the Public Service Commission (PSC) and consider its request to enhance the staff strength for clearing the workload in a time-bound manner, Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan has said.
Inaugurating the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the commission here on Wednesday evening, Mr. Achuthanandan said that computerisation had helped to overcome the delay in conducting examinations and publishing rank lists within a year.
Now the commission is aiming at further reducing it to six months. This can be achieved through automation and an enhanced staff strength.
Leader of the Opposition Oommen Chandy, in his presidential address, said that time was up to make changes in the service rules framed 48 years ago. But for incorporating the changes, according to the recommendations of the Narendran Commission report, no other major changes have been made in the service rules. Credibility is the hallmark of the commission.
An increasing number of requests to bring recruitments of more institutions under the ambit of the commission itself is proof of its reliability.
Though the commission could recruit only 28,000 persons annually, it is the sole source of hope for the 40 lakh unemployed youth in the State. Hence the functioning should be foolproof, he said.
Law Minister M. Vijayakumar, who delivered the keynote address, said that gaining public confidence was a major achievement of the commission.
He lauded PSC Chairman M. Gangadhara Kurup "who undauntedly faced the flak in spite of his remarkable efforts to streamline the functioning of the commission." Merit should be the main criterion for appointments in Government, public and private sectors. Corruption is still rampant in recruitments in certain sectors where Government is paying the salaries.
While the Government is bearing the financial burden, it does not have the right for recruitment. Such issues should be discussed at the seminar and discussions planned as part of the jubilee celebrations, the Law Minister said.
Mr. Kurup said in his welcome speech that seminars and workshops involving administrators and academia would be conducted as part of the celebrations. The suggestions of experts will help the commission to increase its efficiency in future.
Mr. Vijayakumar released a brochure detailing the functioning of the commission.
Commission Member K. Rajagopal explained the contents of the brochure and Secretary P. Sivajadas proposed a vote of thanks.