Kolkata, Jan 18: Two members of the state Public Service Commission are taking note of the background of the candidates and their political affiliation to decide whether they are fit for the job or not!
The serious allegation has been raised by West Bengal Leader of Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra. Bengali daily Ganashakti has quoted Mishra to allege how corruption has crept into the ranks of the bureaucracy.
It was said that the two officials, who are known to be close to two state ministers, screened the background information candidates who were called up for interview through their sources. According to Mishra, loyalty to the party has become a bigger criterion than merit in the case of clearing the prestigious civil services examination in the state.
Mishra said he has adequate evidence to prove his allegations and said such instances of corruption are unprecedented in Bengal.
Mishra met state Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday seeking ouster of the two accused members in the PSC and also wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee about the same. Mishra expressed worry that political influence in matters of administrative appointment could adversely effect the state's functioning in the future.