Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab/haryana -

Apro­pos ‘Sever the roots of cor­rup­tion in PPSC (HT Page 6, Spice of Life, Fe­bru­ary 8)’, at least since 2012 (the past seven years), no fin­gers have been pointed at the Pun­jab Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion in any se­lec­tion. There­fore, it may be coun­ter­pro­duc­tive to say as the au­thor of the piece does that ‘…it is dis­tress­ing in­deed that there has been so much in­sti­tu­tional de­cay’. The se­lec­tion pro­ce­dure now has a writ­ten test for ev­ery post com­pris­ing 300 marks and the in­ter­view is only 40 marks (11.7%). In the in­ter­view, sub­ject ex­perts, who are re­puted pro­fes­sors, play a ma­jor role. The gov­ern­ments have taken care in ap­point­ments and the past four con­sec­u­tive chair­per­sons have been re­tired se­nior of­fi­cers. There is al­ways scope for im­prove­ment in ev­ery in­sti­tu­tion, but we need to form a per­cep­tion af­ter find­ing out the facts from re­cently-se­lected can­di­dates. I am deeply con­cerned that such com­ments may demoralise our chil­dren with­out rea­son. Lt Gen NPS Hira (retd),

chair­man, PPSC, Pa­tiala

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