APSSB to make ‘C’ grade staff recruitment transparent: CM

Assembly approves bill, adjourns sine-die

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who had moved The Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) Bill, 2018 today, concluded the discussion by saying that there are many qualified youths who are not given right opportunity due to prevailing irregularities.

Highlighting various lapses in recruitment process, he said that officers are involved in the process. However, strong political will needed to end the faulty process, he said, adding that many departments have excess staff and many others want to create more posts.

Arunachal India’s top job giver

Mithi is right as the people:Govt employee ratio in 2008 was abnormally high at 1:14 against the national average of 1:20,000. Then Union Finance Minister PC Chidambaram had learnt this from sate’s Finance Minister Kalikho Pul, who had gone to seek financial assistance to implement the 6thPay Commission recommendations in toto. Pul had told this while addressing a meeting of thousands of state government employees on 10.12.08.

There are SSB in many states, Wanglin Lowangdong said, adding it would give equal opportunity to all aspirants in his support.

Deputy Speaker T Bagra, who moved the bill to be passed by voice vote, adjourned the house sine die after thanking one and all for their support in smooth conduct of four-day monsoon session.

He assured to advertise for recruitment of APSSB by December next, adding all departments would place their requirements to the Board to recruit while district-wise quota besides zone-wise recruitment will be conducted transparently. Any district vacancy will be filled through the Board,   he said, adding there will be no interview in Board and those qualify will get recruited while police and forest department recruitment test will be conducted by Board while physical test will be conducted by respective department.

There should not be reservation on community-basis because of district-quota as all are living in districts, he said. Legislators are only policy makers but wrong people as executioners cause suffering for the masses. However, in next election no candidate would require to promise jobs as APSSSB is a centralized process.

“None seeks favour for ‘B’ and ‘A’ posts, but all MLAs including myself are approached for favour in low ranking posts which will end now”, he said but reiterated his view to stop making payment during election which he has started sensitizing religious leaders.

Many members earlier took part in discussion. MLA-cum-GoAP spokesman P D Sona termed it as an indicator of acche din but reacted to opposition of a party, saying what the party was doing till now when recruitment is not a new process.

It will have a positive impact on the state to raise a new hope for qualified but unemployed youth looking for genuine employment, he said, adding there is huge chunk of staff retiring every year, thus there should be a recruitment calendar to help the examinees.  However, he sought clarification on recruitment for APSSB.

The board will facilitate sense of positive competitive spirit for fair selection process, instead of depending on illegal process. The efficiency of offices would increase with quality staff contributing to state development by removing the imbedded negativity as the need of the hour, Sona said, and ended, saying: Der aye lekin drust aye.

Outside officer appointed to APSSB may be causal without any provision for removal, Lombo Tayeng said, and suggested to review the selection process. However, he also hinted at past discrepancy in APPSC.

Laisam Simai termed it as a significant and historic bill which would give a ray of hope to thousands of unemployed youth while checking rampant corruption by facilitating merit-based appointments. This will ensure transparency and good governance promised by the GoAP, he said and suggested recruitment in districts for district-wise quota.

The APSSB would check all loopholes, including question paper leakage though honesty, Tesam Pongte said and called for district-wise quota in recruitment process as Changlang, the second highest populated district has 1.7% representation of its people in GoAP jobs.

The sound system went dead disrupting house proceedings for three minutes for Gabriel Denwang Wangsu to wait.

Wangsu, in support, said Assembly is the highest law making body. But contract works and services are mostly demanded. People suspect about back door entry when someone gets a job. This Board will remove such wrong impression that appointments are made only through backdoor and intensify work culture, he reasoned.

“If I would have been made CM for an hour, I would have brought this Bill to deliver justice to the talented sons of the soil,” he said and hinted that some sections of the communities are still unrepresented in the GoAP against justice. Longding work culture improved as the only recruitment for ‘C’ and ‘D’ grade staff was transparent. This bill will herald acche din for talented job seekers, he added.

Kardo Nyicyor described APSSB as a history, saying the department instead of wasting time on recruitment would divert it for constructive purpose while deserving candidates will be recruited free from malafied process. He asked to look into integrity of chairman and members before appointing them.

The APSSB will free MLAs and ministers from any blame, Tanga Byaling said, adding the district-quota with transfer provision should be maintained. He advocated bringing police recruitment within APSSB purview.

“Be the change to see in the world,’ Thangwang Wangham said quoting Mahatma Gandhi, to describe the APSSB which he compared with hard cash (today), while yesterday is a cancelled cheque and tomorrow is promissory note. The Board will change the prolonged belief that “Arunachal is a land of khushi khushi” for compromising with knowledge and competitive spirit.  But it would end hatred and political burden created through nepotism and favouritism resulting in inefficient human resources; he said and suggested to bring all contractual appointments under it. Appointment is considered as a personal business leading to double appointments against same post, like a contingency staff at Itanagar in a regular staff in other district. Some teachers have allowed friends to teach by sharing 50% salary, he pointed out and suggested a check and balance system.

Staffs are very important for efficient functioning; former CM Nabam Tuki said and conveyed his reservations, like many needy living in border areas, many deprived sub-tribes yet to be brought to life stream. Some districts have been doing justice in recruitment but some are not, he said and wondered will it not boomerang by centralizing all recruitments now when if none gets recruited from a district under district quota. Let the APSSB be transparent to recruit zone-wise and the APPSC be streamlined, he said.

Pointing out that any inconsistent provisions of the Board could be removed only after two years, it being under the administrative reforms department will not be autonomous and two-year tenure of member is less and the Board may create problems for interior districts, he suggested changing name to Recruitment Board, and to conduct thorough study before passing it.

Techi Kaso welcomed the Bill, saying that teachers interestingly are working as LDCs and UDCs in DDSE offices creating shortage. Will the Board chairman not hijack the recruitment process and if so what the punishment should be considered, he asked?

The APSSB is for greater welfare of the state, Pani Taram said, adding it would create competitive spirit. ‘C’ grade jobs should be reserved for ST only as per constitutional provision to tackle rising unemployment.    Many unemployed youths go wayward to become useless for the state. Khandu Govt has created record 7,000 posts but under general reservation 1,000 would go to non-APST while 4,100 police personnel would be recruited to fill the vacancies, he said and insisted on 100% reservation for ST. Claiming  Govt employees with fake ST certificate, he called for strict scrutiny.

The state is stake holders of this Bill, Muchu Mithi said, adding it is the first step towards a brighter future. “I have been hearing about buying of jobs for last three decades but transparency is making fast inroads into the state leading to present situation with sons and daughters of a director are staff in his office though workforce is the foundation of any state. People are totally dependent on the GoAP for works and jobs making Arunachal Govt perhaps the largest job provider in India. It will be a best gift to the people for recognizing merit only, he said, and lauded CM Khandu for the Bill which reflected strong political will.

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