Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman has placed a deputation to the Chairman of the Tripura Public Service Commission (TPSC), demanding the mandatory inclusion of the Provisional Resident of Tripura Certificate (PRTC) and local languages Kokborok and Bengali as eligibility criteria in all examinations conducted under TPSC. Barman cited irregularities in a recent job notification published by the TPSC for the recruitment of Agricultural Officers. He pointed out that while the eligibility criteria included knowledge of Bengali or Kokborok for the Veterinary Officer position, the same requirement was missing in the Agricultural Officer notification. Barman expressed his concerns regarding the exclusion of PRTC and local language proficiency and emphasized the need for these criteria to ensure fair and equal opportunities for all candidates.
Sudip Roy Barman, a Congress MLA, has raised concerns over irregularities in a job notification published by the Tripura Public Service Commission (TPSC). In a deputation to the Chairman of TPSC, Barman demanded the mandatory provision of the Provisional Resident of Tripura Certificate (PRTC) and the inclusion of local languages Kokborok and Bengali as eligibility criteria in all examinations conducted under TPSC.
Barman’s letter to the Chairman of TPSC highlighted the irregularity in Advt. No. 18/2022 for the recruitment of Agricultural Officers. The advertisement mentioned the scale of pay, qualifications, and other criteria for the position. However, Barman pointed out that the provision of PRTC with knowledge of Bengali or Kokborok was not included as an eligibility criterion in this notification.
Interestingly, Barman drew attention to another job notification, Advt. No. 02/2023, for the recruitment of Veterinary Officers (TVS, Gr- V) (Group-B, Gazette). He noted that this notification, which offered the same scale of pay as the Agricultural Officer position, included the eligibility requirement of PRTC with knowledge of Bengali or Kokborok. This discrepancy raised concerns about the inconsistent application of eligibility criteria by TPSC.
Barman expressed his amusement at the oversight, highlighting that the mistake was brought to the attention of the Secretary of the Tripura Public Service Commission on January 20, 2023, by a concerned candidate. However, the mistake was not rectified, leading to a lack of uniformity in the recruitment process.
During the deputation, Sudip Roy Barman stated that TPSC Chairman Alind Rastogi informed him that TPSC itself does not formulate the rules for eligibility criteria. Instead, the rules are prepared by various departments according to their requirements. This clarification highlights the need for coordination between the departments and the TPSC to ensure consistency and fairness in the recruitment process.
Barman further argued that the mandatory provision of PRTC, along with knowledge of Bengali or Kokborok, should be a recruitment rule for Tripura. He mentioned that no other state in the country allows unemployed individuals from outside the state to appear for Group C and Group D posts. Therefore, he emphasized the need for similar recruitment rules to be implemented in Tripura to prioritize the interests of the local unemployed population.
Assuring the MLA, the Chairman of TPSC stated that he would discuss the issue of conflicting job notifications with the concerned authorities. This assurance indicates a willingness to address the irregularities and work towards a fair and transparent recruitment process.
Accompanying Sudip Roy Barman during the deputation was former MLA and senior Congress leader Asish Kumar Saha. Their joint representation demonstrates the seriousness of the issue and the collective demand for the inclusion of PRTC and local languages as eligibility criteria in TPSC examinations.
Congress MLA Sudip Roy Barman’s deputation to the Chairman of TPSC highlights the irregularities in the recruitment process and the need for consistency and fairness. The demand for the mandatory provision of PRTC and the inclusion of local languages Kokborok and Bengali as eligibility criteria in TPSC examinations aims to ensure equal opportunities for all candidates in Tripura.