SRINAGAR- Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) today alleged that appointments to constitutional bodies like the Public Service Commission (PSC) was being attempted with the sole objective of providing government jobs only to the favourites of ruling dispensation.
Referring to the claims reported from time to time that the names of candidates for appointment to PSC would be finalised in the coordination committee of the coalition parties, party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said such a move would add another dark chapter to the governance crisis in the state accentuated by present administration.
” Nothing worse can happen to the constitutional scheme of governance than a political grouping’ with no constitutional standing proposing the names of members to a constitutional body meant for ensuring transparency in government recruitment at gazetted level” he said.
Akhtar said the selection process to the PSC and other such institutions must remain apolitical and must also look so. He said the reported expression of concern by the chairman of the PSC over the political nature of appointments to the highest recruitment body is unexceptionable but the NC led coalition feels that working within constitutional limits somehow is a sign of weakness for a government. They have in their arrogance thrown to wind all norms of propriety and in the process compromised the neutrality, credibility and independence of institutions created and safeguarded by constitution, he said and cited recommendations for appointments to the Vigilance Commission as another instance of government’s devil -may -care attitude.
Akhtar said the government has already vitiated the recruitment process at junior levels by appointing a favourite, twice retired officer to implement the so called fast track recruitment. He said NC was once again destroying the recruitment institutions in its bid to appoint those who are close to it or those who can pay for the jobs even as the process had been streamlined to a great extent in the previous regime.
Reiterating his party’s objections to re employment of retired officers, Akhtar said on the one hand the large army of daily wage earners, casuals and seasonal labourers promised the moon by this government are unable to receive their meagre remuneration and on the other it has appointed nearly 300 retired officers each of whom costs lacs of rupees per month. He said the chief minister is living in the make believe world of his own propaganda machinery and it seems from his statements that he has started believing in what he reads in his government’s handouts. In such a situation, Akhtar said no relief was expected and the people would have to brace up for the worse as long as this government stayed in office.
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