Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday urged civil servants to be impartial in implementing the policies of the government.
"Society at large needs honest and efficient services from public functionaries," emphasised Virbhadra Singh after inaugurating the 17th National Conference of Chairpersons of State Public Service Commissions on Saturday.
Virbhadra said the national conference was an effective platform for sharing ideas, experiences and practices related to functioning of the commissions and thereby plays a catalytic role in improving the functioning of the Union and state public service commissions.
"Such conferences enable the commissions to learn from each other's experiences and replicate the same in their institutions to benefit job aspirants, besides discussing various issues and problems being faced by the public service commission's (PSCs)," the CM said.
He expressed hope that the deliberations in conference would focus on latest applications of information technology with a view to bringing in efficiency, transparency, accountability and speedy dissemination of public services.
"There was a dire need that authorities such as UPSC and PSC are independent of political access and influence when it comes to recruitments and promotions," Virbhadra said.
"The officials selected by the PSCs ought to know their real master i.e. the people and must learn to conduct themselves as true and faithful servants," he said, adding that they should consider their position as an opportunity to devote themselves to the greater service of the public.
"The credibility of public service commission depends on the integrity, efficiency and honesty of the functionaries of the commission. The PSCs have a crucial role to play in nation building," the CM said.
Lauding the efforts of the HP State PSC, Virbhadra said that the commission under its chairman KS Tomar had introduced several reforms, which will go a long way in coping with the new challenges of the future.
He also honoured the chairpersons of the PSCs of other states.
Deepak Gupta, chairman UPSC and chairman of the National Conference of Chairpersons, while speaking on the occasion said that such conferences provide a forum for sharing information in areas of mutual interest and concern.
"As globally there is a focus on good governance, the PSC's should reinforce the principles of transparency and accountability besides ensuring complete objectivity and speed in carrying out their constitutional responsibility," Gupta said.
Tomar said that a `5.27-crore e-governance project had been submitted to Union IT ministry and if approved it would pave the way for online examinations in the future.
He added that HPPSC proposes to set up a `2.80 crore digital library with an aim to provide relevant material and guidance to the aspirants who were willing to join various types of state services.