PSC reluctant to recruit third, fourth class employees


The c (PSC), a quasi-judicial constitutional body, is not interested in the recruitment procedure of Third and Fourth Class employees. However, the commission responsible for the recruitment of civil service servants in government jobs, will place a report before the government that if government recommends recruitment against the vacant posts of third and fourth class employees, a complication will be created.

The committee is examining how much manpower is needed, how much the potential budget will be, and how much infrastructural development is needed for the recruitment process of third and fourth class posts. The constitutional body will explain its position to the Ministry of Public Administration after receiving the report of the committee on the overall issue.

The public administration ministry had proposed to the PSC for recruitment against the vacant posts of third and fourth class employees. Earlier, the finance ministry banned the participation of private universities or other organizations in recruiting manpower against the vacant posts from 13th grade to 20th grade.

According to laws and rules, PSC only selects candidates for recruiting to different posts of 1st and 2nd class employees. On the other hand, different ministries, directorates or departments fill the vacant posts of third and fourth class employees. But, the ministries had assigned third entities like public and private universities when allegations of corruption ran rife against them (ministry).

Although different faculties of Dhaka University were achieving fame in selecting candidates, private universities also started competition. Then, the government decided that the main concentration of a university is to teach, not select job candidates. The Finance Ministry then proposed the Ministry of Public Administration to put the responsibility of picking the third and fourth class candidates on the PSC.

PSC Chairman Dr Mohammad Sadiq said, “We are thinking about this. We have formed a committee. We will inform the authorities concerned after getting the report from the commitee.” Seeking anonymity, a member of PSC told Bangladesh Post, “We have to select the candidates of third and fourth class if government wants. Although PSC is a constitutional entity, we are dependent on the government. In order to appoint to these posts, some other laws, including PSC consultation rules-1079 have to be changed. We will try to convince the government that PSC has been formed as a specialized institution to recommend appointment of First and Second Class posts.

The PSC member also said, “The government is trying to impose the responsibility on us as there are fears of corruption if different entities engage in recruitment process. The allegations of corruption are taking place in other works of those organizations. Will the government give PSC the responsibility to do those tasks? Many tests are taken only through viva-voce. There is not fruitfulness to engage PSC in those exams.”

It has known that there are about 3.5 lakh vacant posts in different entities of the government. Although government had taken different initiatives to recruit in those vacant posts, it was not successful due to various complexities.

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