THE absence of a Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) public service commission has left the locals vulnerable to several injustices at the hands of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC), which conducts tests and interviews for GB administrative posts above BPS-16.
Owing to improper planning in the process for the post of Assistant Executive (Civil), the engineers of GB have been protesting at many platforms and have filed a legal a case in the relevant court. However, the FPSC has repeated the same mistake in the advertisement related to the Gilgit-Baltistan Competitive Exam (GBCE) 2021.
The syllabus of the exam is the same as that of the Central Superior Services (CSS), but the timeframe from the advertised date to the date of the test is only three months, which is not sufficient for the applicants to cover the vast syllabus and prepare for the highly demanding test.
It is no secret that the GB region witnesses extreme weather, with the mercury nose-diving to -24 degrees centigrade. The FPSC has totally neglected this factor while managing the timeline for the said exams.
Besides, due to various factors, GB, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and the areas that previously were part of the federally-administered tribal areas (Fata) get special age relaxation in public-sector job applications. The FPSC has ignored this clause in the relevant advertisement, which underlines negligence and irresponsibility on its part.
Since the advertisement first appeared, aspirants with a GB background have been demanding an extension to the test date.
A countrywide peaceful protest was also held in this regard in November, but no positive action has been taken so far.
Published in Dawn, November 26th, 2021