One of India’s largest recruitment agencies, the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) has received a recommendation by a Parliamentary Standing Committee (PCC) for the Centre to accord its statutory status.
This is because the SSC performs the duties of recruitment for posts below the Group “A” level on a large scale, having been created by UPSC to take on these responsibilities. Currently, SSC functions at 75% of its sanctioned staff of 481. However, unlike the Union Public Service Commission and the State Public Service Commissions, it lacks statutory status.
The duties of the SSC have over the years increased tenfold. The number of candidates it deals with has risen from 994,000 in 2008-9 to over 20 million in 2017-8. Despite this, it has no independence and remains an extended arm of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
In order to improve efficiency and ensure faster delivery of services, not to mention greater autonomy it is deemed highly recommendable to accord statutory status to the SSC.