State public service commissions CMs` fiefdom: Justice Singhvi

Justice Singhvi said an administrator needs to devote his time not in fighting cases but for serving the common man.

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2010, 17:56 PM IST

New Delhi: A Supreme Court judge on Saturday
lamented that state public service commissions have become the
"fiefdom" of Chief Ministers where tainted persons are being
named as chairmen and members.

"State public service commissions which recruit
employees who will run the future administration...In the last
few years the membership and chairmen of public service
commissions have become fiefdom of the Chief Ministers,"
Justice G S Singhvi said.

He said "cases after cases" have been reported from
various states including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Bihar and
Maharashtra where serious allegations of corruption have been
levelled against the Chairman (of public service commission).

He was delivering the keynote address at the All-India
Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal here.

"...Because they are not men of competence. They were
not men of integrity...in Punjab one member-was facing a trial
under 302 (of the IPC)-he was a member of the Public Service
Commission. What type of recruitment they will be making...if
the recruiting agencies comprises of tainted persons who are
not competent, cases are bound to be generated (in courts and
tribunals)," Justice Singhvi said.

He also stressed on the need to develop an internal
mechanism to avoid service related matters flooding courts.

He said the mindset to a representation is "let him go
to the court...that speaks of the malady...it is a serious
matter which must be debated at appropriate forum. Government
must insist that these matters must not travel to the court."

The judge said an administrator needs to devote his
time not in fighting cases but for serving the common man.

Justice Singhvi hoped that Secretary DoPT, who was
present on the occasion, would undertake an exercise for
review of the departmental mechanism and its effective
implementation.

"There must be appropriate redressal mechanism in
place in the department why a civil servant should spend his
time and money and of course his proportionate expenditure of
public money in litigations by going to tribunal or the
court," he said.

He asked Law Minister M Veerappa Moily and Minister of
state for Personnel V Narayanasamy - who were present on the
occasion- "to ponder over few serious issues which require
serious attention to check unwarranted litigation."

Moily said the government officials would have to
"strike a balance" between their privilege of moving courts or
tribunals for service matters and their responsibility as
public servants.

The Minister also stressed on the need to reform the
functioning of CAT and state tribunals. "Concepts like video
conferencing can be introduced to prevent delays," he said.

PTI