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Telangana government sets up State Public Service Commission

Telangana government has given nod to set up Telangana State Public Service Commission (TPSC) under the chairmanship of G Chakrapani. In this regard , approval was given by Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao.

Currently, G Chakrapani is a professor at B R Ambedkar Open University.

Thus, formation of TPSC will pave the way for filling up approximately 1.22 lakh vacant posts in 33 state departments.

Background

On 2nd June 2014, Telangana was granted status of statehood after bifurcating from then Andhra Pradesh as per provisions set in Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014.

After its formation, ruling TRS government under Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao initially had identified 1.07 lakh vacant posts in 31 departments.

But later it was revised to 1.22 lakh vacant posts in 33 departments and the upper age limit was also increased by five years for certain posts.

Constitutional Provision for State Public Service Commission (SPSC)

The provisions of SPSC are mentioned in Article 315 of Constitution. It is a multi-member body consisting of Chairman and members appointed by Governor of the state.

It should be noted that, Chairman and members are removed only by President (and not by the Governor), although they are appointed by Governor.

 

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Government launches web portal to initiate e-auction process for 24 coal mines

Government has launched a web portal for initiating the e-auction process of 24 coal blocks/mines. This portal aims to make auction process transparent, efficient.

These 24 coal blocks fall under the first phase of coal block auction out of the total 92.

Among the 24 mines, 7 are reserved for the power sector while 16 for iron & steel sector and cement plants. While 1 mine is reserved for steel.

e-Auctioning process

  • With the launch of portal, the registration process began. In the registration process interested bidders will register themselves as per KYC norms.
  • Then the process will comprise techno-commercial bid for qualification and financial bid (e-auction) for selection of successful bidder.
  • It should be noted that only 50 per cent of the qualified bidders from technical stage will be allowed to participate in the e-auction process.
  • Mines allocated for power sector will be auctioned through ‘descending reverse auction’ in order to minimise the impact on power tariffs at end use. In this case qualified bidders will bid above the pre-determined floor price.
  • For iron & steel, cement, blocks will be auctioned through ‘ascending forward auction’, where qualified bidders will quote incremental bids above the pre-determined floor price.
  • Last date for receiving technical bids will be 31st January 2015 and list of qualified bidders will be placed on 12 February 2015. After this process, final e-auction of coal mines for qualified bidders will be held from 14-22 February, 2015.

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