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SPSC criticised

December 05, 2012

THE Sindh Public Service Commission is an independent body entrusted with the job of recruiting deserving youths of the province. However, like many other departments in Pakistan, this body too has not remained an exception in the context of succumbing to political pressures and personal wants.

Most of the hard-working talented young fellows, particularly from the poor, lower-middle class stratum in Sindh long for finding any advertisement by the SPSC to recruit them in different departments.

When such a body becomes ill-managed, even the last hope of the youths is bound to fade away.

Then they are left with no option other than lament their fate. Some of courageous among them do not surrender and are seen knocking at the door of courts to get justice done against their victimisation.

In February 2011, Ramesh Udeshi, a member of SPSC, was found guilty by special anti-corruption court and was sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on corruption charges.Could anyone dare ask our government to be cautious while assigning such important and key posts to such officials?

In yet another incident, the anti-corruption department of Sindh registered cases against a number of high officials on charges of corruption and forgery in the result sheets of candidates for Combined Competitive Examinations (CCE) 2003.

The record of as many as 18 candidates, who were declared qualified in CCE 2003, was found tampered with.

It was also found that their handwritings did not match the papers they pretended to be theirs, besides many other irregularities that have been exposed in the report.

After a thorough scrutiny of the commission’s records and inquiry reports, the Sindh government had to sack those 18 officers in September 2009, though the corruption case against some SPSC officials is still pending in the court.

Strict measures need to be introduced in the commission to save the talented lot of Sindh from being victims of injustice.

A CITIZEN (Name withheld on request) Sukkur