GOVERNOR BALRAM Jakhar has said that the temperament, character and psychology of inductees should be checked along with their qualification before giving them appointment.
He was speaking at the golden jubilee function of MP Public Service Commission (PSC) headquarters here on Tuesday. Jakhar pointed out the importance of holistic evaluation including psychological case study during interviews for selecting not only the best brains but also the right persons as per need of the time.
Specialisation has taken over but a person selected through PSC having majored in diverse subjects is required to carry out different duties. The country has progressed on many fronts but some of the age-old problems remain unchanged necessitating dealing with the poor, downtrodden and weak with sympathy. In such conditions qualities of the heart rule over those of the head and it becomes a precondition for dispensing justice, he said.
If the selection process for the varied services of PSC and auxiliary bodies is skewed, persons occupying the high chairs entailing great responsibility will not be able to meet the demands of the public. Any failure in meeting the expectations of the common man would doom for the process of democracy, he said.
The official class across all lines has therefore to realise that they are the backbone of the government and people look up to them for justice and redressal of grievances. Building an image different from the British official class that ruled India during the days of the Raj is of essence.
This part has sadly been ignored and hypocrisy, snobbery and red-tapism have increased. The zeal to serve the public shall dawn with the realisation of being public servants, he said.
Jakhar said that his constitutional post obligated him to rise above petty political considerations and he viewed party workers/leaders across all party lines with the same eye. He denied any differences between him and the ruling BJP Government.
He, however, missed no opportunity to criticise the poor conditions of roads in the State and no action on the part of officials against those responsible for the pension scam. He said, ‘‘I will speak to the Chief Minister in regard to the pension scam and ask him to submit an action report.”
State Science and Technical Council Director General and Scientific Advisor to the Chief Minister Mahesh Sharma, in his presidential address, pointed out the need of bringing into the mainstream those left out of the education system or higher competitive exams like PET/PMT/CAT/PSC despite having intelligence and ability. He described the changes coming in all sectors through globalisation and other such factors influencing all levels of society.
Describing the challenges of PSC and other such bodies, he said that the State was endowed with abundant natural resources
and now it was up to the existing manpower to make the best use of it.
PSC Chairman Professor Pradeep Kumar Joshi said that subject-specific workshops would be organised where experts would evolve suggestions for change in the syllabus and pattern of examination to make it in tune with the times. In the benefit of students, online registration had been mooted and would be started on an experimental basis from Indore soon.
In the past six months State Judiciary Service exams, PSC-2005 prelims and PSC-03 main examinations have been held. Interviews for vacancies in government engineering colleges were also held.
Secretary Madhu Khare gave background information on PSC through the 50 years of its existence since November 1, 1956. PSC member Shobha Paithankar proposed the vote of thanks. Several past chairpersons and members of the PSC, a large number of officials selected through PSC and intelligentsia of the City were present on the occasion.