SPSC’s selection process
Thursday 28 Jan, 2010
THIS is with reference to the letter by Waseem Nabi Soomro (Jan 21) criticising the selection process of the Sindh Public Service Commission. One of the points is that the result of written portion of combined competitive examination, 2008, has not been declared despite a lapse of eight months.
It may be clarified that such an examination has not been held in Sindh since 2003. Besides, 15 years’ relaxation in upper age limit by the government of Sindh also enabled an unprecedented number of more than 8,600 candidates to appear in the competitive examination in 2008.
Some candidates who had missed their optional subjects filed petitions in the Sindh High Court requesting holding of examinations in the leftout papers.
The petitions are now pending in the Supreme Court. Therefore, it is not possible to declare the result of the combined competitive examination till their disposal. The SPSC has simultaneously processed tests for lecturers and other posts which run in thousands.
It goes to the credit of the commission that it held the examination for the posts of mukhtiarkar to be conducted on Feb 24, 2010, which ironically could not be held previously despite publication of advertisements in various newspapers quite a number of times.
However, the posts of excise inspector were not assigned to the commission. The question of holding their tests does not arise.
It has wrongly been mentioned that the SPSC is minting money on advertisements because examination and interview fees collected from candidates are deposited directly into the account of the Sindh government and the commission has nothing to do with the fees so collected.
The commission has, within 19 months, recruited candidates for 2,222 posts in departments of health, education and literacy, works and services, livestock and fisheries, forest and wildlife, information and archives, environment and alternative energy, besides holding departmental examinations, as well as filling some posts of the SPSC itself.
SYED AIJAZ HUSSAIN JAFRI
Secretary, Sindh Public Service Commission