‘What has that officer gained by dashing my hopes?’ – What is the noise of Nisha Balakrishnan’s question! Kerala community should not miss the question asked by Nisha Ulluruki, who was brutalized by the official who waited till midnight on the day of expiry of the rank list to report the vacancy.
The government started investigating the sad story ‘Malayalam Manorama’ where Nisha, a native of Callum Chawara, lost her government job due to the official’s delay. However, the reasoning put forward by Minister MB Rajesh yesterday in this regard raises concerns about whether there will be a sympathetic approach on the part of the government.
The vacancies were reported from the Office of the Director of Urban Affairs, Thiruvananthapuram to the various District PSC offices between 11.36 pm to midnight on 31 March 2018, the last day of the rank list. The vacancy in the Kechi Corporation office was reported to the Office of the Director of Urban Affairs on March 28 as a result of the efforts of Nisha and other candidates. However, the vacancy was reported to the PSC office only at midnight on 31st. It was received by e-mail 4 seconds after 12 o’clock. The PSC denied the appointment saying the list expired at 12 midnight.
The tragedy of these times is that people like the officer who ruined Nisha’s life by reporting the vacancy at the latest, while on the other hand the higher ups are ready to rewrite any law and do anything for them. The spread of the back door recruitment method which has been developed by the government in violation of the existing laws and court orders has become so strong.
What is most reprehensible is that these backdoor appointments are in temporary jobs in government institutions, which were a bit of a relief for those whose dream of a permanent job through PSC was dashed. Backdoor recruitment has always existed in various forms but never in such a pervasive way that it permeates all departments as it is during the current LDF government. The practice of appointing the relatives of the leaders without any distinction between upper and lower caste also increased this time.
The Compulsory Notification of Vacancies Act (1959) states that unless Government, Semi-Government, Company and Corporation appointments are left to the PSC, appointments can be made only through Employment Exchanges. Although many orders have been issued citing the judgment of the Supreme Court Constitution Bench and referring to the related judgments that those who are appointed through the back door should be removed through the back door, all this is being covered up when the party is trying to grow under the guise of governance.
A division bench of the High Court on February 22, 2021, also spoke against backdoor appointments against the widespread stabilization of temporary, daily wage and contract workers in the final months of the previous LDF government. The fact that the government itself has approached the Supreme Court against this judgment is not an example of the government’s approach to the back door method of appointment?
The series ‘Kodi Appdal Pani Padikal’ published by Malayalam Manorama was an investigation in this direction. While 27.34 lakh candidates are registered in the employment exchange and waiting for jobs, more than eight thousand people are working on temporary basis in panchayats of Kerala alone. When the rule to fill up all the vacancies not left to PSC through employment exchange is hidden in the arrogance of power, along with the social justice standards including reservation, the dreams of lakhs of common people are also being overthrown.
English Summary: Kollam Nisha Balakrishnan PSC Appointment Row
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