In Punjab, the Combined Competitive Examination is conducted by the Punjab Public Service Commission to recruit civil servants in the Provincial Management Service not on a yearly but on a ‘when required’ basis. Thus, the CCE 2011 was advertised in the first quarter of 2011, and the commission had decided to conduct the written examinations on September 7, 2011.

However, due to some litigation, the examination was delayed and then it was re-advertised with amendment in the age limit in early 2012. Probably to ease the candidates, this time PPSC also advertised the month as being June 2012 for the written examination.

Unfortunately, the commission could not stand by its word as no roll number/date sheet has been issued yet. Once again, the PPSC is going to delay the examination for unknown reasons. Almost 25,000 candidates have applied for the examination and some in-service candidates had a one-month leave to appear in it. But the PPSC caused them to suffer financially and in the form of wastage of time by delaying the examination. Now no one knows when the examination is going to take place. Even the future of CCE 2011 seems to be in the doldrums. The PPSC appears to be the most inefficient institution of the country. Its chairperson, who happens to be a retired general, has miserably failed to improve its corrupt and incompetent system.

KAMRAN BASHIR DOGAR,

Chichawatni, july 1.