Kerala

Poor foresight costs RTC dear

It failed to use provision to slash number of vacancies reported to PSC in time

The Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is understood to be paying the price for a slip in appraising its financial situation and availing itself of a legal provision to slash the number of vacancies reported to the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) in time.

When the procedure for a mass recruitment entered its final phase in August 2013, even commission higher-ups were reported to be sceptical about the fiscal capacity of the ailing public sector undertaking to absorb such a large number of candidates set to be advised for the conductor post at one go.

Since the commission’s sole brief was to recruit candidates on the basis of a standard selection procedure against the set of reported vacancies and since it does not have any power to examine the genuineness of the vacancy report furnished by an appointing authority, it resolved to go ahead.

As per the rules, all appointing authorities — be it a government department or a public sector undertaking (PSU) — have a leeway to slash the number of vacancies reported to the commission. But the authority concerned would have to specify the reasons with supporting documents for amending the original report and ensure that the quota norms are adhered to. It should be done within a specific time too.

Those privy to the recruitment process at the time told The Hindu that but for making certain informal requests and seeking government intervention when the crisis intensified, the official procedures were not expeditiously followed for slashing the vacancies reported from the KSRTC to the commission at different stages.

Chinks in the system

Chinks in the reporting system too need to blamed for the crisis. Quite often those at the higher echelons of the corporation and also other departments may not personally make a realistic assessment of the vacancies reported and approve the list furnished before them by the officers concerned.

The requests for cutting down on the volume of recruitment from the corporation reached the commission only when things reached a flashpoint and the latter was then forced to go by the rule book that vacancies once reported cannot be cancelled.

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