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Lok Sewa Aayog’s 63rd Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2078/079
The 63rd annual report for the fiscal year 2078/079 has been submitted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) as required by Article 294 of the Constitution of Nepal, detailing the commission’s various activities carried out throughout the year.
1. Announcement of job vacancies
In FY 2078/079, the PSC fulfilled numerous requests from various service operating bodies to fill vacancies. As a result, the commission published 1,397 advertisements and promotional notices, which comprised 582 promotion notices, 125 internal competitive advertisements, 252 open competitive advertisements, and 438 inclusive group advertisements. The total number of applications invited for these positions were 3,727, including 1,233 for promotions, 271 for internal competition, 1,206 for open competition, and 1,171 for inclusive competition.
2. Submission of job applications
Throughout the fiscal year, the commission’s online application system received 365,434 applications in response to internal, open, and inclusive group advertisements published by PSC. Applications were received from all districts of Nepal, with the districts of Saptari, Dhanusha, Sarlahi, Mahottari, and Siraha receiving the highest number of applications, while Manang, Mustang, Rasuwa, Dolpa, and Mugu received the lowest number. Additionally, 36 advertisements did not receive any applications.
3. Conducting written exams
For various civil service examinations, PSC created and utilized 1,779 sets of revised question papers. A total of 128,060 candidates took the exams, with 48,653 being female and 79,407 being male. Among the candidates, 53 individuals were prosecuted for examination irregularities, consisting of five women and 48 men.
4. Evaluating and grading answer sheets
With the aid of experts, PSC assessed a grand total of 15,50,123 answer sheets. These included 5,46,913 for civil service, 3,21,726 for security agencies, and 6,81,484 for organized organizations.
5. Interviewing and selecting candidates for jobs
Throughout the fiscal year, PSC recommended a total of 2,672 candidates for permanent appointment in civil service, including 738 women and 1,934 men. The recommended candidates (including internal competition) had an average age of 31 years, and the largest number came from the districts of Syangja, Kathmandu, Gulmi, Morang, and Arghakhanchi, while no candidates were recommended from the district of Manang. A notable proportion of these recommendations were for filling vacancies that were previously blocked for various reasons.
6. Recruiting candidates from diverse groups
During FY 2078/079, PSC posted a total of 2,223 positions across six inclusive groups, ultimately recommending 1,023 candidates for permanent appointment. This included 380 women, 288 tribals/indigenous groups, 191 Madhesi, 74 Dalits, 53 disabled candidates, and 37 candidates from backward areas. Over the past 15 years, PSC has recommended a grand total of 22,692 candidates from all-inclusive groups for permanent appointment.
7. Hiring for positions in security agencies and organizations
Since FY 2073/074, PSC has overseen the written examination process for filling positions within security agencies and organized organizations. In FY 2078/079, the commission approved advertisements for 20,353 open positions across three security agencies and 26 organized organizations. Of these positions, 777 were advertised by the relevant agencies. Following the commission’s written examination process, a total of 31,349 candidates were selected and referred to the vacancy committee of the relevant agency for an interview.
8. Providing advice and guidance on employment law and disciplinary issues
During the fiscal year 2078-079, PSC provided 40 consultations to various agencies concerning employment law, service conditions, and departmental punishments. The commission received 97 promotion recommendations from promotion committees, which resulted in 28 complaints. Following the complaint resolution process, 18 promotions were revised. Additionally, 29 employees, consisting of 17 gazetted and 12 non-gazetted, received departmental punishments. Up to 14 Branch Officers underwent counseling to address disciplinary issues or similar concerns.
9. Handling complaints related to the recruitment process
To manage complaints related to the selection process, examination, interview, and other issues, the Public Service Commission created a Complaint Management System. In FY 2078/079, the commission received 1,032 complaints through the system. Currently, 664 complaints have been successfully resolved, while the remaining complaints are still under investigation.
10. Offering training and development opportunities for employees
To enhance the skills and knowledge of its employees, the Public Service Commission conducted 31 training and development programs during FY 2078/079, which were attended by 602 employees. In addition, a comprehensive orientation program was provided to newly appointed officers to familiarize them with the commission’s policies, procedures, and operations.
The Public Service Commission’s annual report for FY 2078/079 offers an overview of the commission’s accomplishments. The report highlights the commission’s achievements in the recruitment process and the establishment of various systems to manage complaints and provide employee training. Furthermore, the comprehensive hiring procedure proved effective in fostering diversity and guaranteeing equal chances for all applicants. The commission is committed to further enhancing the recruitment process and delivering high-quality services to the public.