Netizens on social media demand the restoration of the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC). An organized campaign has been initiated on Twitter to protest against the abeyance of the SPSC. The Sindh High Court, in its order last year, had suspended the operations of SPSC for breach of meritocracy and transparency in the recruitment process.
Last year in April 2021, Sindh High Court restricted SPSC from conducting examinations for recruitment, announcing results, or advertising posts until it develops a transparent mechanism for induction of prospective candidates into the civil service.
The Hyderabad Circuit bench consisting of Justice Zulfikar Ahmed Khan and Justice Muhammad Saleem Jessar headed the proceedings in the case.
“… no satisfactory answers as to the transparency of the process being adopted by the SPSC while testing and recommending a candidate for a particular post have been given neither by the counsel nor the chairman [Noor Muhammad Jadmani] or controller [Hadi Bux Kalhoro],” read the order issued by the bench.
Following the court order, SPSC counsel and officers asked for time from the court to devise a strategy to ensure transparency in the recruitment process. The court had instructed to file a detailed report as well.
— Jaleel Ahmed (@JaleelAhmed147) April 24, 2022
“… till such date no appointment, order, test, result, announcement or any other such act be done by the commission,” the bench ordered.”An utter failure of transparency in their acts is witnessed and neither rule of probity, fairness and good conscience is followed as held in the judgments of the honorable Supreme Court.”
Misconduct and negligence
Several inquiries into the appointments in the Sindh Public Service revealed gross misconduct and negligence.
SPSC was banned in April last year. It was barred until it adopted mechanisms to induct transparency in its functions. Problem is that in order to gauge the transparency of an organisation, it needs to be allowed to work.#RestoreSPSC #cce19joining
— Rahmat Tunio (@RehmatTunio) April 24, 2022
Analysts believe Sindh Public Service Commission has to be made free from the extreme interference by the political leadership to make it a true custodian of merit and transparency for the aspiring youth who wants to join civil service.
Reports reveal that the Chairman of the Public Service Commission has no say in the appointment of the senior positions including the members, controller of examinations, registrars, and senior administrative staff. They are all appointed by Chief Ministers on the behest of the party leaders.
Three reports on the Commission’s competitive examination of 2003 reported massive misconduct like substituting answer sheets and awarding generous grace marks by examiners to the failures at the peril of the successful candidates.
Later, Supreme Court restored Sindh Public Service Commission overturning the orders of the Sindh High Court.
Now, netizens demand the induction of the successful candidates of CCE 2019 in the bureaucracy who have still not received their joining letter. They also demand Sindh Public Service Commission to operate with a transparent recruitment system to give the youth of Sindh an equal opportunity to serve their province.