SRINAGAR, June 18 (Agencies): The fate of 99 KAS/KPS officers selected 10 months ago is hanging in balance due unwanted delay in constitution of defunct Public Service Commission (PSC).
The government seems least bothered about finalizing taking a final call on addressing vacant posts of members and the chairman even after two times rejection of its nominated panels by the Governor N N Vohra.
The General Administration Department vide communication number GAD (Ser) (Genl)/146/2012 dated May 23, 2013 had referred 99 posts to the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission to be filled up through the Combined Competitive Examination-2013. These posts were advertised by the Commission vide Notification No.PSC/Exm/ 2013/47 dated June 5, 2013 and in response to the advertisement, 25,006 application forms were received. Thereafter, preliminary examination was conducted on September 29, 2013 in which 20,236 candidates appeared and as per the criteria fixed by the Commission, 2477 candidates were declared qualified for the main examination vide Notification No.PSC/EX-14/39 dated May 19, 2014.
1969 candidates appeared in the main examination conducted from March 1, 2014 to April 3, 2014 both at Jammu and Srinagar and 341 candidates were declared qualified for interview. Following interview, 99 candidates were selected in order of their aggregate merit in the written as well as interview and the list was issued on August 1, 2014.
The selected candidates were directed to report to the respective Medical Boards for conduct of medical examination in accordance with rules. Medical boards of both medical colleges of Jammu and Kashmir submitted their reports to the PSC.
As the then NC-Congress Government preferred to look for a new Chairman as well as the members and recommended names for the same, Governor N N Vohra did not approve these names by raising some objections in October. The entire exercise thereafter remained suspended owing to Assembly elections and delay in formation of new Government.
However, even after the formation of new Government in March, the defunct PSC is yet to be constituted as the names recommended by this Cabinet were also rejected by Governor because of technical reasons.
While fresh recommendation of the State Cabinet, submitted last month, is still awaiting the response of Governor, the selected KAS candidates are eagerly waiting for an end to the prolonged delay and consequent accomplishment of their dream of serving the society as an Administrative officer.
2015 Kashmir Despatch