Civil excise officer: Only 14 percent of PSC rank holders got appointment
Thiruvananthapuram: Only 14 percent of candidates listed in the PSC rank list for Civil Excise Officer were given appointment orders, said reports.
On Sunday, Anu (28), a Thiruvananthapuram native, had committed suicide over the cancellation of PSC rank list for Civil Excise Officer.
It is learned that only a few appointments were made based on the rank list which had a validity of one year. The post which was known as Excise Guard was renamed as the Civil Excise Officer. District level posting is given to qualified candidates in this post.
In all, 3,205 candidates from 14 districts were named in the rank list. However, only 452 people got the job. it must be remembered that 1,293 people were appointed in service as per the previous rank. Unfortunately, not even half the number of rank holders got the job this time
The rank list for Thiruvananthapuram, in which Anu was also named, included 208 candidates. 162 among them were from the general category while 46 were from sub-category of reservation list. Only 72 people were recommended for appointment. In the general category, rank holders till 68th rank got the job. Anu had secured 77th rank in the list by scoring 61 marks out of 100.
The rank holders association had given a memorandum seeking to extend the validity of the rank list for one more year in view of the COVID crisis. But the authorities extended the validity only for two and a half months. As the new rank list was not published, the rank holders again approached the government seeking to extend the validity of the rank list. But the government did not consider their request.
Due to the flood, all appointments were cancelled for more than two months and vacancies were not reported on time.
3 year long rank list preparation
PSC took three years to prepare the rank list which had only one-year validity. Over Rs 1 crore was spent to prepare the rank list. But not even one-fourth of the rank holders got an appointment. Even when appointments are made only for namesake, PSC issued another notification to prepare the new rank list.
PSC issued the last notification for recruitment of Civil Excise Officer in 2016. As per this notification, the exam was conducted on April 1, 2017, and the rank list was published on April 8, 2019. A fitness test was also conducted before the physical test.
People who qualified in all these tests were named in the rank list. The highest number of appointment orders were issued in Thiruvananthapuram district with 72.
The rank list expired on April 7. Later, the authority extended its validity until June 19. But no appointments were made during this period.
The rank holders criticized that the excise department is still following the staff pattern of 1968. The number of posts in the department is determined as per the census which was held 52 years ago. They demanded that the department should restructure the staff pattern in a way that helps prevent drug abuse and related cases effectively.