BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution which sought to increase upper age limit for candidates wishing to apply for vacant posts in government departments.
The resolution, tabled by parliamentary secretary law Aurengzaib Khan and deputy speaker Jafarullah Khan, will benefit over 900 candidates who will appear in examinations to be held through federal public service commission in the coming months.
“This relaxation is a must for G-B residents because no inductions could’ve taken place over the past five years for reasons they weren’t responsible for,” said Jafarullah, who initially pressed the house for a relaxation upto 10 years but the speaker and the house agreed to five years.
“I request the house to support this so deserving candidates may try their luck,” Jafarullah told the house which was chaired by speaker Fida Muhammad Nashad on the first of the session, which chief minister Hafeezur Rehman couldn’t attend for his officials engagements in Islamabad.
Inductions on grade 17 and above couldn’t take place in G-B government departments for over five years primarily because FPSC refused to conduct examinations on the grounds that the region had its own such body, which was though nonfunctional. As a result several candidates passed their upper age limit, forcing the government to make amendments in public Service Commission Act 2010 to legalise them. The amendment however has enabled FPSC to conduct the examinations.
Earlier, the house prayed for the departed soul of Abdul Wakeel, who was minister environment and died recently in Gilgit due to carida arrest. Also the house prayed for prime minister Nawaz who underwent a major heart surgery a day earlier.
The house was adjourned by the speaker till Friday.