JAMMU: The Governor, Shri N.N. Vohra, has laid down a clear framework for the appointment of Chairman and Members of the Public Service Commission (PSC).
A Raj Bhavan spokesperson disclosed that arising from the erstwhile Coalition Government’s recommendations, which were not found acceptable for several reasons, the Governor had directed the Chief Secretary to draw up a draft framework for the selection and appointment of the Chairman and Members of the PSC. In this context, the Governor had also discussed this important matter with the Chief Secretary earlier this year.
The Governor has been seriously concerned about the need to ensure that the PSC functions effectively and maintains a high reputation for its integrity. He had addressed the former Chief Minister in this regard, pointing out that any malfunctioning of the PSC would result in the erosion of the high standards which must apply to the selection of the best available candidates for manning posts in the various departments of the Government. It was noted that any deficiencies in the PSC’s functioning shall result in demoralizing meritorious youth who aspire to be selected to the various services. It was in this background that, keeping in view the inadequate credentials of several candidates and the fact that no process of selection had been followed, the Governor had refused to accept the recommendations forwarded to him by the erstwhile government.
The framework which has now been laid down envisages a meticulous inquiry into the past background and public reputation of all the potential candidates, taking into account the record of their performance in service, properties held etc and identifying only persons of proven integrity.