Jharkhand Public Service Commission (JPSC) is in crisis is a perennial story as the commission, which often hogged limelight due to wrong reasons keeps inviting and creating troubles.
The JPSC is already in the dock and its credibility is at its lowest ebb after the Jharkhand High Court on June 7 set aside the result of the sixth civil service examination and passed serious remarks over its conduct. The court has asked the JPSC to prepare a fresh merit list within eight weeks and submit it to the Jharkhand government for reallocation of cadre and reappointment of selected candidates of revised merit list.
Now, another trouble is brewing in the JPSC which if not addressed in time it will affect day to day functioning of the commission. Ajay Kumar Chattoraj, the lone member of the JPSC is set to retire on July 26 after which the JPSC will be without any member. Chattoraj is a professor at Ranchi University.
In such a situation the current chairperson of the JPSC Amitabh Choudhary may have to face the problem since as per the rule in the policy decision the consent of at least one member is required. Also responsibility of various works of the JPSC is divided among members. As per the rule the JPSC is headed by a chairperson and there will be eight members.
However, the JPSC never remained a full member body. Recently, the JPSC had four members. But in the last seven months the number of members has reduced to one. In December last year former Shravan Kumar Sai completed his term followed by Triveni Nath Sahu who resigned in January to join his parent organization Ranchi University. On April 26, another member and former bureaucrat Bhagwan Das completed his term in the office. They were appointed in July 2019 by the Raghubar Das Government.