PSC | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has brought the appointments of Kerala Bank and KERAFED under the ambit of the Public Service Commission by amending the rules. However, no appointments were carried out under PSC yet. The authorities justified that the vacancies have not been reported so far and cited technical glitches in assessing the vacant posts.
An order entrusting the appointments for the last grade servants post in universities to the PSC was released two years back. Although, the commission could not release a notification yet as the higher education department refrained from rectifying an error in the eligibility criteria of the candidates, despite the continuous demand of PSC. Thousands of vacancies are recorded in 13 universities in the state. Hence, daily wagers are reportedly appointed in many posts of the universities.
It was during the period of AK Antony government that the appointments of 15 cooperative apex institutes were handed over to PSC. Later, the appointments of Marketfed, Agricultural Rural Development Bank and Matsyafed were brought under PSC after amending the rules recently. But the amendments were not introduced in the appointment rules of Tourfed, Vanitha Fed, Housefed, Labourfed and Hospitalfed.
Even after consigning the appointments to PSC, backdoor appointments are being carried out without any hurdle at over 20 government institutions here. Attempts are even made to convert the contract or temporary appointments to permanent ones by citing the delay in rolling out amendments to the rules. The institutions, including, Language Institute, Library Council, Housefed, Tourfed, Hospitalfed, Rubbermark, Labourfed, Vanitha fed, Literacy Mission, and several cooperative boards and academies are conducting appointments of their own volition.
Meanwhile, the court intervened and froze the move to convert the temporary appointments to permanent ones in the Literacy Mission, Language Institute and Library Council.
When protests intensify against backdoor appointments and nepotism, the government usually tend to issue an order by handing over the appointments to PSC. However, no action will be taken to amend the rules and further proceedings delay for years. Thereafter the controversy subsides and contract appointments resume in the state.