GUWAHATI, June 3 - The delay on the part of the State Government in filling up the vacant posts of members of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has adversely affected the functioning of the Commission. Meanwhile, efforts are on to restore the image of the Commission, which was badly hit by the cash-for-job scam, in which three of its members, including the chairman, were put behind the bars. As per directive of the Chief Minister, the APSC has also started making efforts to declare the results of the interviews within the shortest possible time to avoid any misgiving.
The APSC now has only three members, including the acting chairman, while according to recommendations of various committees such as the TL Baruah Committee and MP Bezbaruah Committee, ideally the Commission should have six members and the chairman so that more interview boards can be constituted for smooth conduct of the interviews. Because of shortage of members, the existing members are hard pressed to conduct the interviews and declare the results on time. But in recent times, the APSC, as per the request of the Chief Minister, has been trying to declare the results within 24 to 36 hours of the interview.
Official sources told The Assam Tribune that every year, the Commission has to conduct interviews for at least 2,000 posts in different government departments and for technical posts. Two experts are sent from the government, while one of the members of the Commission acts as the chairperson of the interview board. In some cases, two members of the Commission have to act as members of the interview boards. For the interviews of the civil services examinations, at least two members of the APSC have to be on the interview boards and under the present circumstances, only one interview board can operate in any given day, which affects smooth functioning of the Commission. �If we have seven members, including the chairman, at least two boards can conduct interviews on any given day and that will expedite the process of interview and declaration of results,� sources said.
However, despite the shortcomings, efforts are on to declare the results within the shortest possible time and in most cases, the results are now being declared within 24 to 36 hours, sources said. Sources also revealed that the interviews for the civil services examination, 2015 would be conducted from June 7 to 23 for 124 posts. At least 20 minutes are required to interview each person and because of shortage of members, only one interview board would be able to operate in a day. However, the APSC is planning to announce the results within five days from the completion of the interview. It may be mentioned here that there was a time, when abnormal delays took place in announcement of the results, leaving scope for manipulations.
Sources said the preliminary examination for the civil services examination, 2016, will be held across 59 centres all over the State on July 2. Around 55,000 candidates have applied for 205 posts.