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Legal Status for SSC

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 Why in news?

  • A Parliamentary Standing Committee (PSC) has recommended that the Centre accord statutory status to the Staff Selection Commission (SSC), one of the largest recruitment agencies in the country.

 Background

  • The SSC was created to ease the burden of the UPSC by taking over the recruitment for posts below the Group ‘A’ level. The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and all State Public Service Commissions either have constitutional or legal status. The SSC is the only such organisation that performs similar functions on a much larger scale, but does not enjoy statutory status.
  • At present, the SSC has a sanctioned staff strength of 481 officers but is functioning with 75% of its sanctioned strength.

 Need for a statutory status

  • There has been a phenomenal increase in the workload of the SSC, from 9.94 lakh candidates in 2008-09 to over 2 crore in 2016-17.
  • While the workload and responsibilities of the SSC have increased exponentially over the years, it has remained an “attached body” under the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), and has to depend entirely on the government for all its needs, with no autonomy.
  • According statutory status to the SSC would contribute to greater functional autonomy, faster decision-making and efficiency in the overall performance and delivery of results by the SSC in the recruitment process.

 Additional information – About statutory body

  • Statutory bodies are established by acts which Parliament and State Legislatures can pass. These bodies are entities shaped by an Act of Parliament or state legislatures and set up by the government to consider the data and make judgments in some area of activity.
  • Some examples of statutory bodies :
    • National Human Rights Commission
    • National Commission for Women
    • National Commission for Minorities
    • National Commission for Backward Classes
    • National Green Tribunal