BY OUR STAFF REOPORTER
GUWAHATI, Mar 6: Even though the the governmnet talked about reform of the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) , question now arises how far the Commission has been reformed. The question is being raised following the alleged recent anomalies in the interview process for the appointmnet of Director of the Agriculture department.
Guwahati based NGO Assam Public Works (APW) today alleged that the commission recently tried to appoint a ‘particular’ candidate in the post of Director of the Agriculture department which was blocked by Gauhati High Court.
Addressing a press conference here today, APW assistant secretary Dhrubajyoti Talukdar said that had the Gauhati High Court not intervened, an incompetent candidate would have been appointed by the commission as a Director of the Agriculture department.
He said that an advertisement was published by APSC on June 17, 2016 (184-PSC/DR-5/1/2014-15) for appointment of Director of the Agriculture department but after 21 days of the publication of the advertisement, a corrigendum of the advertisement was published stating that certain changes have been made in the eligibility criteria for the post.
Talukdar said that even though several officials applied for the post but due to unknown reasons, interview was not conducted during the stint of then APSC Chairman Rakesh Paul.
Paul was arrested from his office in Guwahati for his alleged involvement in a cash-for-jobs scam on November 4 last year.
He said after Ranjit Borthakur took charge as the Chairman of the commission the process of interview was started and on January 27, only two candidates were invited to APSC office for interview.
“The commission declared as many as 26 candidates, who applied for the post unqualified, and invited only two candidates for interview,” he said.
Following this several ‘deprived’ candidates filed a case (no-WP (C) 448/2017) at Gauhati High Court, the High Court issued notification to stay the interview and on February 15 ordered APSC to file a detail affidavit in this regard.
Borthakur, a member of the APSC, was appointed in-charge chairman of the commission on December 1 by the state government following the arrest of his predecessor Rakesh Kumar Paul on November 4 last year for his alleged role in the recruitment scam.
After taking charge as the chairman of the commission, Borthakur declared several measures to bring transparency into the examition process.