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3 members boycott interview
Sore at PPSC Chairman’s functioning
From Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Patiala, February 14
Three members of the Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) today abstained from the interview held to select Block Development and Panchayat Officers (BDPOs) to protest against the ‘’manner’’ in which the PPSC was being run by its Chairman Ravinderpal Singh Sidhu.

The three members — Harjit Kaur Randhawa, R C Gupta and Amarjit Singh Chawla, in a letter to the Chairman said though they had raised certain objections regarding the interviews being held for the post through an official letter addressed to him on February 12, the suggestions were not given any importance. This they said meant that the Chairman was not ready to run the Commission according to rules and laid down procedures but according to his own whims.

The members alleged that the Chairman did not care for the adverse propaganda against the selections made by the Commission, including those for BDPOs, PCS and DSPs. They urged that the Chairman should postpone the dates for the interviews till matters, including the fairness of the conduct of the examination for the post of BDPO was sorted out at in a meeting of the Commission.

The Commission members have sent a copy of the letter written to the Chairman, to two other members — P S Dhillon and Maj Gen (retd) G S Riar also. They have also been requested not to participate in the interviews without ascertaining that there was no scope of favouritism and unfair selections. Copies of the letter have also been sent to the Chief Secretary and the Advocate General.

All three members earlier also questioned the functioning of the Commission Chairman. Earlier they had requested the Chairman to convene a meeting to discuss the allegations of corruption levelled by Pradesh Congress President Capt Amarinder Singh. The PPCC Chief had claimed that Rs 20 to Rs 50 lakh had been paid in bribes by aspirants wanting to be selected as DSPs and PCS officers. The three members had alleged that the name of the Commission was being besmirched and that the situation should be discussed by a full Commission meeting. However the meeting was not called by the Chairman.Back

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