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Bir Devinder demands adequate steps to fill vacancies lying vacant in Punjab Civil Services for last 3 years
Patiala, March 27, 2023: Former Deputy Speaker Bir Devinder Singh in a statement issued here today criticized the state governments and PPSC for not taking adequate measures to fill the vacancies, lying vacant in the Punjab Civil Services for three years.
"The Punjab Public Service Commission should have advertised these vacancies to select deserving candidates but unfortunately no initiative appears to have been taken either by the State Government or by the PPSC, for the last three years. Since the Chairman of PPSC Jagbans Singh retired on 25 March 2023 and the process for the appointment of a new Chairman may take some time. Meanwhile, many more deserving candidates would become over aged. Many have already lost hope to serve in the Punjab Civil Services due to the pathetically uninspiring and callous attitude of the incumbent and the previous State Governments; who were never worried about the career of the promising youth of Punjab," said Bir Devinder.
He said that by doing so, the government has already sinfully played with the future of many career-conscious youths, who were preparing meticulously for the competitive exam, required to clear the PCS and allied services.
He further said that when during the previous Congress regimes, there was inordinate delay in appointing the Chairman of the PPSC; the then State President of AAP youth wing Gurmeet Singh, Meet Hayer who now is Cabinet Minister, had vociferously condemned and had stated that such a delay in appointing the Chairman of PPSC, is anti-youth but now after forming the AAP government in Punjab, Bhagwant Maan has also failed to get the vacancies in the Punjab Civil Services advertised and accelerate the pace for the selection of the candidates by the PPSC.
"The present State Government of the Aam Aadmi party is committing the same mistake as of the previous governments to ruin the bright future of the youth of Punjab," he added.
Bir Devinder Singh exhorted that the State Government and the Punjab Public Service Commission should exactly follow the pattern and schedule that is being followed by the UPSC – Government of India and Public Civil Services Commission of other states, and conduct exams regularly every year. UPSC releases its yearly calendar of the exam with dates to facilitate students to prepare for the exam on time. But unfortunately, on the contrary, the last notification of Punjab Civil and Allied services was issued by the Punjab Public Service Commission in 2020, and thereafter no such posts have been advertised for the last 3 years with the consequence several students have become age-barred and ineligible resultantly for no fault of theirs’s.
He demanded that the Punjab government should take immediate steps to appoint the Chairman of the PPSC at the earliest from Punjab only, and not from Delhi or elsewhere; as the practice is being followed in many coveted appointments made from Delhi in utter disregard of the availability of many competent people from Punjab having outstanding merits. But unfortunately, the cronies, proposed and backed by Arvind Kejriwal for extraneous considerations, were superimposed on Punjab.