Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday asked the Public Service Commission (PSC) to recruit efficient, honest and talented people rising above all influences.
“The public servants will have to be pro-people as they are the servants of the republic while the people are its owners,” she said while inaugurating the newly constructed building of Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC) at Agargaon in the capital.
Urging all to work together for the development of the country, Hasina said that her party (Awami League) came to power to serve the people.
She said the government introduced e-governance to bring transparency and infuse dynamism in the public administration while massive reform programmes are being implemented for building an efficient public administration suiting the 21st century.
The Prime Minister said that the Public Service Commission has been shifted to its own building after over 40 years of its inception in 1972 as the present government took urgent measures including allocation of land in 2012.
She said it is one of the constitutional duties of the Public Service Commission to select the qualified candidates for the cadre posts and all first and second class gazetted posts as well as giving recommendations for recruitment, promotion, regularization of jobs and determination of seniority.
Hasina said: “During the BNP-Jamaat regime the image of the commission was undermined due to various scandals including leakage of question papers and appointment of party people. Many qualified candidates were deprived of getting government jobs during the previous BNP-Jamaat regime.”
But, she said that “her government ensured efficiency, transparency and accountability in every tier of Public Service Commission.”
The Prime Minister said she is happy to know that the commission now prepares several sets of question papers, and determines the question set through lottery 20 minutes before any examination to avoid leakage of question papers. Moreover, the viva board is formed only 20 minutes before the examination.
She said her government has created about 252,000 posts in government service from 2009 to 2012 and increased the retirement age of the public servants by two years to 59 years and gave promotion to 2,500 officers from Deputy Secretary to Secretary in different tiers of public administration.
Hasina mentioned that in the past, despite qualifying in written and viva examinations, all the qualified candidates could not be recruited due to the shortage of cadre posts.
The present government formulated non-cadre recruitment rule in 2010 to accommodate such qualified candidates in government service, she said.