Reacting to the appointment of some blue eyed people through public service commission (PSC), the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said politicization of appointments to constitutional bodies like PSC was being attempted with the sole objective of providing government jobs only to the favorites of ruling dispensation. And on another side the ruling party is recruiting retired officers which create loss of lakhs of rupees to the state exchequer.
While referring to the claims reported from time to time that the names of candidates for appointment to PSC would be finalized in the coordination committee of the coalition parties, party chief spokesperson Naeem Akhtar said such a move would add another dark chapter to the governance crisis in the state accentuated by present administration. ” Nothing worse can happen to the constitutional scheme of governance than a political grouping’ with no constitutional standing proposing the names of members to a constitutional body meant for ensuring transparency in government recruitment at gazetted level” he said.
In a statement, Akhtar said the selection process to the PSC and other such institutions must remain apolitical and must also look so. He said the reported expression of concern by the chairman of the PSC over the political nature of appointments to the highest recruitment body is unexceptionable but the NC led coalition feels that working within constitutional limits somehow is a sign of weakness for a government. “They have in their arrogance thrown to wind all norms of propriety and in the process compromised the neutrality, credibility and independence of institutions created and safeguarded by constitution,” reads the statement.
Reiterating his party’s objections to re employment of retired officers, Akhtar said on one hand the large army of daily wage earners, casuals and seasonal laborers promised the moon by this government are unable to receive their meager remuneration and on the other it has appointed nearly 300 retired officers each of whom costs lacs of rupees per month. He said the chief minister is living in the make believe world of his own propaganda machinery and it seems from his statements that he has started believing in what he reads in his government’s handouts. In such a situation, Akhtar said no relief was expected and the people would have to brace up for the worse as long as this government stayed in office.