Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said the credibility of Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) is important and it must not be weakened.
Addressing media after the cabinet meeting here. He was responding to questions regarding accused in the University college stabbing case securing top ranks in the PSC police constable rank list. “There is no need to doubt the PSC in this regard. PSC’s credibility is important and it must not be destroyed. That’s the government’s stance,” the CM said.
Pinarayi Vijayan recollected an earlier incident when a recommendation to take action against a former PSC chairman had come up to him. “Back then he was known as a Congress leader. I had two choices; leave the matter for vigilance to probe or conduct a departmental investigation. I chose the latter because of PSC’s credibility. Later a proper investigation was held. We must not take a stand that destroys the credibility of PSC,” he said.
Kerala PSC is an institution that conducts around 200 examinations and handles over one crore applications each year. Though Kerala is a small state, there are no other state PSC’s that handle this many applications. PSC has clear procedure and structure regarding conducting examinations, CM said.
Here the question is not just regarding the credibility of PSC. When allegations citing several candidates securing very high marks in an examination, PSC initiated its internal vigilance department to probe the matter. The inquiry was completed within 15 days and they found out what had happened. Several reports came out in that regard, CM said.
The allegation was that malpractices occurred in the police constable examination. The matter was considered by PASC on July 15 and action has been taken now. The matter is whether several candidates used illegal means to write the examination. These candidates have been disqualified. Later, it was decided that they will be banned from appearing from not only Kerala PSC examination but also all the official recruiting agencies in India.
In 2003, PSC cancelled the LDC examination in which lakhs of candidates appeared. Back then, a question paper leak was proved. The matter was initially probed by PSC’s internal vigilance. Later, the case was handed over to police and the exam was cancelled. In 2010, the Sub Inspector examination was cancelled. However, these actions were not a result of external pressure.
PSC insists on conducting examinations in a fair manner. It has internal facilities to ensure credibility. The PSC has announced that evidences collected during its probe will be handed over to the police. Actions will be taken to bring all those involved in the malpractices to justice.
PSC has done all this on its own. In the police case, the PSC itself is the complainant. It was the PSC that demanded action against the culprits. It is clear that PSC’s credibility has not been stained. Action will be taken against the culprits, CM said.