FPSC plea on CSS women's quota rejected
LAHORE, July 3(Daily Times): The Establishment Division has
rejected pleas by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) that the 10
percent women's quota for each department in the Superior Civil Services (CSS)
allocations not be implemented retrospectively from 2006, relevant officials
said on Monday.
The officials said allocation orders for
2006, which have been pending for the last four to five months, have finally
been issued, will adhere to the 10 percent quota for women in each department,
and will be officially announced shortly.
The federal government
announced the 10 percent quota for women in each department of the CSS and other
federal (civil) departments as per the directives of Prime Minister Shaukat
The quota was supposed to be implemented 2007 onwards but some
senior government officials pressured the Establishment Division to implement
the quota retrospectively from 2006.
The move will adversely affect
around 20 male candidates who cleared the CSS exam in 2006. These candidates are
protesting what they call 'illegal allocations' and have filed a written
complaint with the FPSC chairman, which he has not yet responded
Officials said the quota would take effect from 2006 due to pressure
from the corridors of power in Islamabad and recommendations by the Women's
Development Ministry to the prime minister.
In 2006, 272 candidates
cleared the CSS exam against 227 available seats. Officials said there were 48
female candidates in the list and all of them would be accommodated after the
quota is implemented. This will affect more than 10 successful male candidates
An FPSC official said that the matter had been decided
under pressure from the top and the list of new allocations reflecting the quota
had been sent to the Establishment Division.
An Establishment Division
official defended the retrospective implementation of the quota. He said that
para eight in the recruitment policy section of the CSS 2006 examination clearly
stated: "The policy laid down above [regarding quotas, etc.] is liable to
modification and any change which may be made therein will be applicable to the
candidates for this examination."
Successful male candidates argue that
the criteria for allocations was clearly defined in the CSS 2006 examination
forms and did not include any mention of the quota. They also said the FPSC
authorities had told them that the quota would be implemented from 2007.
According to the 1973 Constitution, every new rule and law cannot take effect
retrospectively, they added.
The 2006 CSS written exam was held in
May-June 2006 while the result was announced in March 2007. The FPSC issued a
press note on May 18, 2007 indicating the quota reserving 10 percent seats for
women would take effect retrospectively, announcing at the same time that open
merit had been reduced from 10 to 7.5 per cent, a candidate likely to be
affected said. He said the move was unjust and demanded that the
government review the decision.
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