West Benga legislature passes Staff Selection Bill

Kolkata: West Bengal assembly today passed the The West Bengal Staff Selection Bill, 2011, aimed at direct recruiting of state government employees through advertisements in newspapers.

State minister for Public Health Engineering (PHE) who introduced the Bill in the assembly, said that the new legislation was an amendment to the West Bengal and Establishments of Public Undertaking, Statutory Bodies, Government Companies and Local Authorities Act which was passed by the Left Front government in 1999.

Mukherjee said that certain aspects of the 1999 legislation had been declared ultra vires to the provisions of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution.

He said that under the new legislation, a new body, West Bengal Staff Selection Commission, would be set up which would be headed by a chairman and two members.

Mukherjee said that the proposed commission would fill up posts which were not within the ambit of the Public Service Commission (PSC) through advertisements in newspapers. The purpose was to make the selection process more transparent, he added.

Leader of the Opposition Surya Kanta Mishra said the new legislation would undermine the role of employment exchanges and create a conflict with the functions of the PSC.

Later when asked at his assembly chamber, Mukherjee said that the role of employment exchanges would not be reduced and candidates would be able to get jobs through this route.

In addition, they would also be able to respond to the advertisements along with those not registered with the employment exchanges.