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Bureaucracy in Pakitan is often referred to as the steering-wheel of the state. Aspirants from all over the country pledge their futures to serve the nation and go through a complex process of competitive examinations to become a part of the most elitist of bands in our society.
There are two formats to become a bureaucrat in Pakistan. There is the Central Superior Services (CSS) and the Provincial Civil Services (PCS) where the former is conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) and the latter is conducted by different provincial commission bodies, namely the SPSC, PPSC, BPSC and the KPPSC.
In 2013, the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) advertised for conducting the competitive exam, but after lapse of one year the screening test for competitive examinations for the posts of Assistant Commissioners, Section Officers, Excise and taxation officer, Assistant Director Labor, Assistant Registrar cooperative societies (BPS-17) and Mukhtiarkar, Additional district food controller, labor officer (BPS 16), were conducted in December 2014.
The shortlisted candidates appeared for their written examinations in April 2015 and those who cleared the written test were called for the viva-voce in April-August of 2016. And the press release of the 227 successful candidates in order of merit was notified on a website dated 19-8-16. Accordingly the successful candidates were given offer letters to complete the security verification and medical fitness requirement, which were also completed by October 2016. Since then the aspirants are waiting for their joining letters.
It is February 2017 and aspirants who applied for the exams in 2013 are still awaiting their postings. In a draft submitted to us via the cleared candidates labeled “Voice of successful aspirants of SPSC CCE 2013”, this is what they had to say about the ‘Depoliticization of Sindh Public Service Commission to ensure transparency and meritocracy’.
“We the aspirants of Sindh public service commission (SPSC) express our deep appreciation to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and Sindh High Court for looking into the affairs of SPSC to depoliticize & restructure the commission to ensure transparency and policy of meritocracy.
But my lord! your sincere efforts in reorganizing the institution should not further add to the suffering & miseries of 227 successful candidates, who have already been selected by SPSC for the combined competitive exam for BPS-16/17- held in April 2015 in accordance to law and were declared successful vide the press release dated 19 Aug, 2016.
It is submitted that if any malpractice is observed in manipulating the result, then the whole lot should not suffer and those who have cleared after due vetting may be issued with joining instructions to reduce their suffering.
Just to recall, this exam was supposed to be held in 2013, which was delayed by 3 years due to political interference, corrupt practices, and nepotism. We received our offer letters in Oct 2016 and completed the entire medical and security verification requirements and have been waiting for our orders since the last three months.
It is humbly submitted that any further delay would seriously impair the image of Supreme Court in rendering the justice against corrupt practices.
It is also brought to your kind notice that constitutionally, the hiring of government employees be made through public notice to ensure transparency, equal opportunity, and meritocracy, it is mandatory by the commission to hold competitive exam regularly on a yearly basis as done in the case of CSS.
But unfortunately, due to vested political interest and inefficiency, these competitive exams are not held in time which leads to bad governance. Thus opening the door for corruption and nepotism.
We also highly appreciate the current Sindh government in showing compliance to the court’s orders in expediting this issue in the best national interest. We, being the future of Pakistan, assure you Sir, that we will put our best to achieve our national goal in making Pakistan stronger & brighter. Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad. Pakistan Paindabad!”
The miseries of Sindh’s aspirants are evident and one doesn’t need rose-colored glasses to see them. The process has carried on for almost 4 years and the aspirants are still in limbo, unsure of their future. It is also pertinent to add here that most of these aspirants leave everything behind just to give these exams, as competitive exams require 100% devotion and more.
It is a request to the concerned authorities and the Supreme Court of Pakistan that these aspirants be relieved as soon as possible and given their joining letters . The limbo is serving as a mental torture for these bureaucrats who will very much be responsible for our tastes in the future.