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May 10, 2012

Appointed to disappoint

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Appointed to disappoint
There are thousands of senior posts in various bodies, commissions and institutions belonging to the Government where no definite method of  appointment exists
OUR country has a very large number of bureaucratic posts, which have been framed in a manner that only career bureaucrats (or government servants) can be appointed. Thus, we know that a peon in a State Secretariat or a Secretary belongs to some distinct services. So is the case with a major chunk of the governance machinery. These people join a particular class of service and remain part of it, moving from one rank to another and getting appointed to various posts available to that particular service. In all such cases, the concerned person becomes a part of such service through a selection process. Posts are advertised and applicants get selected and become part of the service, if they fulfil the requirements.
There is another class of people associated with governance who are not career bureaucrats or permanent government servants. They get appointed on some kind of contractual basis. The posts of Vice-Chancellors of Universities and various technical or expert advisors in different organisations can be cited as examples. Here again, most of the time there is some definite process of appointment. Advertisements are issued, the intention to fill in the required vacancies is made public through some definite process and then through some kind of selection process, a few persons are found more suitable than others to be appointed to the post....

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