Kerala PSC rank lists get cancelled due to unreported vacancies
Thiruvananthapuram: As the vacancies in departments are not reported on time, numerous PSC rank lists are being cancelled without appointments. Sometimes, vacancies are reported as the rank holders and authorities take joint effort before the expiry of the rank list. In this way, appointments via PSC increased. But such efforts are not being carried out amid the COVID crisis.
As the offices are partially operational and entry of people restricted, interventions to report vacancies to PSC are not possible. Observing these facts, the PSC rank holders have been demanding to extend the validity of the rank lists. But the candidates complain that the government is not considering their repeated requests in this regard.
Earlier, many candidates got appointments after approaching the court with the documents received after filing RTI. But now the officials are not responding to RTI pleas due to the COVID crisis.
Candidates named in civil excise officer rank list also approached the court seeking action to report vacancies.
The petitioners informed the court that the excise department is not reporting the vacancies to PSC as promotion of officers is interrupted. Observing this petition, the court issued an interim order directing the department to report over 300 vacancies to PSC.
The department reported these vacancies to PSC two or three days before the expiry of the rank list. Appointment to these posts will be made as per the final verdict of the court.
When lockdown over COVID-19 outbreak was imposed, the government decided to extend the validity of the PSC rank lists for three months.
With this, the validity of over 300 rank lists werev extended till June 19. But appointments were not made as the offices are not functioning properly. When the lockdown was extended, the government did not consider extending the validity of the rank lists.
Though lockdown was relaxed, districts including Thiruvananthapuram where PSC headquarters is located, is facing a critical situation due to the pandemic. Offices of department heads and PSC headquarters in the state capital remained closed for many weeks. Hence, PSC did not carry out any appointments during this period.
In July and August, over 200 rank lists were cancelled as the validity expired. Many rank lists including that of assistant surgeon, assistant dental surgeon and assistant motor vehicle inspectors were cancelled without any appointments. Only a few vacancies were reported in the posts of last grade servants, LD clerk and assistant posts which usually have more appointments in a year.
Till date, only 8.5 percent appointments were made as per the last grade servant rank list. This rank list will expire within the next 10 months. At the same time, only 17 percent rank holders in LD clerk list got the job. This list will expire within 8 months.
If the validity of the civil excise officer rank list was extended, Thiruvananthapuram native Anu who committed suicide would have got the job.