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State government sought extension
of six months
No vacancies were reported during Assembly polls
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) has decided to extend the validity of rank lists which were set to expire between May 31 and August 30, to August 31. The decision is expected to benefit about 500 candidates who figure on the list. An official release issued here said that a PSC meeting convened on Monday had decided to extend the lists' validity.
The government had recommended to the commission an extension for six months since reporting of vacancies to the commission during March, April and May was affected following the declaration of the Assembly election. This would hurt the job prospects of hundreds of people who were on the rank lists that would expire by May 31, the government had contended.
The commission meeting, which was attended by all the 17 members and which was presided over by chairman K.V. Salahuddin, found that since the election code of conduct came into effect on March 1, reporting of vacancies by department heads had been affected for more than two months.
Hence it decided to extend the validity by three months and not for six months as sought by the government.
The PSC had not been happy with the government's recommendation to extend the validity as it feared it would become a precedent. At the same time, it saw merit in the government's contention.
The commission, though an independent statutory body, did not want to offend the newly sworn-in United Democratic Front government by rejecting outright its recommendation.
By going half way to meet the government's recommendation, the commission has averted being seen as on a confrontation course with the government.
Interview for candidates belonging to Nadar, Anglo-Indian and Muslim communities who had applied for the post of staff nurse in the Health Department in Kannur district will be held at the district office of the commission on June 2 and June 3. Those who are yet to get intimation should contact the district office.
The practical examination for candidates who had applied for the post of driver in the Harbour Engineering Department in Kozhikode will be held at the Beypore port at 6.30 a.m. on June 2.
The document verification and interview of the Viswakarma, Nadar, Dheevara, Hindu Nadar and physically challenged candidates, shortlisted for the post of LPS assistant (Malayalam) in the Education Department in Thiruvananthapuram will be held at the commission head office from May 31 to June 3.
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