Odisha PSC

Odisha administration in spotlight

The future of 76 OAS candidate took for granted

On 1 April 1949, Odisha Public Service Commission was formed which is an agency of state government for conducting Civil Services Examination. However, it was reported by the candidates that Odisha Public Service Commission was not fulfilling its responsibility properly in conducting examinations. Delays in the final results were seen because of which OAS came under huge criticism. Candidates ultimately had to raise their voices when the final result of 2011 was declared after four years gap in February 2016. It was reported by the public that, Odisha Public Service Commission played with the fate of candidate by taking it for granted. Moreover, after the exams were held, its result was not announced by OPSC for almost nine months.

After the announcement of results in 2011, 76 candidates made it to Odisha Civil Services merit list but their future was at stake as the decision regarding their appointment was not decided for almost 10 months by the State government. In contrast to the candidates of 2015 who were placed in their positions, the 76 candidates of 2011 remained unlucky and had to suffer for no reason, reported The Indian Express.

According to some sources, 494 posts of different categories which come under Odisha Civil Services Examination were issued by the government in the form of advertisement during the year 2011, for attracting more candidates. In total, 418 aspirants got selected for various posts in that year, however, during last year’s February their names were recommended for the posting. Also, because of the Supreme Court’s ruling on reservation policy, no clarification was seen and because of this, the 76 posts previously reserved for Socially Economically Backward Caste (SEBC) were held back.

It was said by the apex court that 50% would be the limit for the reservation, however, the reservation for SEBC would be 12.5%. Previously, 27% for SEBC reservation was advertised by the State Government. However, despite the orders of Odisha Administrative Tribunal for announcing the merit list of 76 selected candidates to OPSC, it went to the high court and denounced it.

Later on 17th May, after sustained tribunal orders of the high court on 1st March, the candidate’s merit list was announced by the OPSC. Despite this, the candidates were still left neglected because of the procrastinating behavior of the State Government. AK Meena, who is secretary of General Administration Department provided an assurance regarding the posting of candidates before next financial year, by telling about the progress regarding the processing of their files. This gave them a hope for their futures.