Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has asked the government to specify why the Public Service Commission (PSC) was defunct currently.
The PSC is a statutory body authorised to select gazetted officers and conduct of state civil services examination. With the retirement of lone member, KB Jandial. earlier this week, the commission is currently non-functional.
A bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also asked the government to specify measures, and set a time frame, for filling posts of members and other constituents of the commission to make it functional again.
The court direction came after PSC’s standing counsel Azhar-ul-Ameen submitted that the commission did not exist on the date.
He made the submissions during the hearing of a petition filed by a forest official who was seeking promotion to a gazetted post. But the case couldn’t be processed because a gazetted post can be filled up on the PSC’s recommendation after clearance from the official’s department concerned.
“However, at present there is no commission existing as all its members and chairman have demitted office on completion of their term,” Azhar said.
At the fag-end of its tenure, the ruling alliance of National Conference and Congress appointed Khurshid Ganaie, a senior IAS officer, as chairman of the commission for five years. He was set to replace SL Bhat, who had retired in September. Besides, the government had ordered appointment of six other members.
However, Governor NN Vohra returned the file to the government citing non-incorporation of Vigilance Organisation clearance, integrity certificate, APRs, etc., of some of the members along with the file.