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Q. Issue of TNPSC members appointment: Comment on issues and recent court order on appointment of members to Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission.
Jan 11, 2017 Related to : GS Paper-2

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently the Supreme Court of India has upheld the by the Madras High Court judgment quashing the appointment of 11 members of Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission (TNPSC) appointment. The apex court has directed the State government to make a fresh selection of TNPSC members after a meaningful and deliberative process.

Issue and background-

  • TNPSC vacancies were not filled for last three years, but close to the Assembly election, chosen persons were asked to submit their bio-data and appointed within a day, without following any deliberative process.
  • In December last year the Madras High Court quashed a Government Order appointing 11 members to the powerful TNPSC by saying the constitutional process was not followed. 
  • In its order the high court has observed that the appointment has been made by arbitrary manner in which administrative power is used to pack recruitment institutions with political favourites.

Analysis-

  • In India the appointment process for many administrative posts has become a spoils system, based on political patronage, particularly in case of appointment of state public service commission’s members, as there no material bar on any candidates.
  • The concept of state public service commissions was incorporated in the Constitution with the idea that recruitment for public service would be truly independent and free from the pressure of the political executive.
  • Absence of process in selections to State public service commissions and appointments based on political patronage reflect gross disrespect shown by the State government to the institutional integrity of the constitutional body.
  • Court has ruled that, going by the recent round of appointments in TNPSC, the state government does not followed any process and appointments has been made by arbitrarily, by making space to ruling party ruling party’s limited list of favourites.
  • In this background there is need to evolve a process for appointments to the all state PSC that will make integrity and calibre the principal qualifications, while also drawing upon a wider pool of talent.

Conclusion-

State PSC has been made with the idea that recruitment for public service would be truly independent and free from the pressure of the political executive. But various recent instances reflect the arbitrary appointments to the members and huge corruption in the recruitment process and it has been exposed in TNPSC case. Hence there is a urgent need to bring overhaul reforms in these institutions. 


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