GUWAHATI, March 9 - Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today told the Assembly that the State Government was committed to bringing back the lost glory of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) whose credibility took a severe beating in the past two-and-a-half years due to large-scale corruption in the recruitment process.
Replying to a call attention by AGP legislator Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, who cited a news item in The Assam Tribune with the headline �Vague job advertisements landing APSC in trouble� that reported about vague and imprecise advertisements for recruitment by various government departments, Patowary said that the government was doing its best to make the APSC fully functional with complete transparency.
Patowary said that a committee had been formed to appoint two Members of the APSC, while the Governor had sent a proposal to the Centre following a State Cabinet decision seeking removal of the former APSC Chairman who was arrested recently for his alleged involvement in the cash-for-job scam.
On the misleading advertisements by government departments for recruitment, Patowary said that the main reason behind the fiasco was the lack of knowledge about service rules and job conditions. Sometimes, introduction of new service rules or transfer of experienced officials engaged in the subject concerned also lead to such cases, he added.
Patowary said that in a bid to do away with the trend of vague and misleading advertisements, the government would be holding workshops for training of officials and employees concerned � something requested by the Acting Chairman of APSC.
It may be mentioned that the Acting Chairman of APSC, Brig (retd) Ranjit Borthakur had written a letter to the State Chief Secretary to hold a workshop among government officials to enlighten them on the matter.
He stated that the draft advertisements received from various departments fall far short of the requisite information, and in some cases, they are not even in consonance with the service rules of the department. In most cases, these advertisements are sent back seeking clarification which leads to inordinate delays.
The APSC chief said proper scrutiny of the applications becomes extremely difficult since advertisements in many cases are vague regarding educational qualifications, desirable qualifications, experiences, age, etc.
AGP legislators Pabindra Deka and Atul Bora also took part in the deliberations.