Cabinet nod to KPSC to fill 452 Group A and B posts

Fresh recruitments not to include 362 posts for which status quo was ordered

Cabinet nod to KPSC to fill 452 Group A and B posts

The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to write to the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) to start the process to fill 452 Group A and B posts of gazetted probationary officers.

Briefing reporters after the Cabinet meeting, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said these would be fresh recruitments and do not include the 362 posts for which status quo has been ordered by the Karnataka Administrative Tribunal.

In August, the Cabinet had rejected the final list of 362 candidates selected by the KPSC for the post of Group A and B gazetted probationers notified in 2011 after affirming that there had been rampant corruption in the selection process.

However, KAT had ordered that status quo to be maintained.

“The 362 posts will be frozen. The 452 posts will be fresh recruitments,” Jayachandra said and added that no timeframe had been given to KPSC to complete the recruitment process. Jayachandra said recruitments will have to be conducted as per the recommendations of Hota committee. The committee in its report has recommended that interviews will be held by a board headed by the chairman or senior KPSC member and comprising experts from IIM, IISc, VTU and reputed universities. Candidates will be allotted to a particular board by drawing lots on the morning of the interview.

Interviews will be held for a minimum 30 minutes and not more than nine candidates will be interviewed per day. The chairperson and four members each to give marks separately, among others, were among the panel’s recommendations.

The Cabinet also gave its clearance for setting up three new medical colleges - Sambaram Medical College in KGF, East Point Medical College, Bangalore and Kanachur Medical College, Mangalore
Jayachandra said the Cabinet had a word of appreciation for the six-day file clearance drive taken up in various departments.

As many as 40,000 files were disposed of. As many as 1.36 lakh files still remain pending including 17,361 in revenue, 14,327 in home and 11,291 in DPAR.

The Cabinet gave its approval for allotting 130x60 ft plot in N R Colony, Bangalore, to the BMTC for constructing a bus buy.  However, Jayachandra said he would take it up again in the Cabinet after it was brought to his notice that the said plot was a playground.

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