Paying no heed to the directions of the department of personnel and training (DOP&T), a coordinating agency of the central government, the Chandigarh administration has failed to review the recruitment rules notified before 2008.
As per the guidelines of the department issued on December 31, 2010, the recruitment rules should be reviewed once in five years to bring them in conformity with the changed position.
In this connection, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has written to the administration asking it to undertake the review of the existing recruitment rules especially those which were notified prior to April 1, 2008, in the respect of the posts under the Chandigarh administration.
In the communication, commission observed: “During the recruitment initiated on the basis of such old recruitment rules, the commission encounters problems due to the fact that provisions of the old recruitment rules are inconsistent with the circumstances prevailing at the time of filling up the post.”
The exercise aims at ensuring that the educational qualification and experience prescribed for appointment to the post match with the duties and responsibilities of the post.
The local administration did not brother to respond to a request of the secretary, UPSC, asking it to carry out similar exercise in March 2012.
As per rules, recruitment rules are framed for all posts which are likely to last for one year or more. All recruitment rules including their amendments are approved at the level of minister-in-charge.
According to a senior official, the revision in the recruitment rules is made by way of amendment to incorporate changes due to implementation of central pay commission report, modification of instructions on the subject and creation or abolition of posts etc.
When contacted, the director, public relation and joint secretary home MM Sabharwal confirmed that they had received a communication from the UPSC regarding reviewing recruitment rules and said that they had initiated the process. “We will soon forward the amended rules to the authorities concerned as the process is complete,” said Sabharwal.
RTI activist RK Garg has said that the administration was in habit of deliberately delaying the implementation of orders from different authorities.