SC provides relief to job aspirants

Staff Reporter

Islamabad

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of the exorbitant fee charged by the National Testing Service (NTS) for government jobs after a university student filed an application with the top court.
The student mentioned in his application that for each job vacancy, candidates had to pay a hefty amount of fee which an unemployed person could not afford. It is only after appearing for these tests that candidates can qualify for government jobs.The application was filed in the court despite the federal government’s directives weeks ago that the ministries concerned should make arrangements to ensure that the relevant departments paid 50 per cent of the fee to reduce the burden on jobless candidates applying for vacancies.
The government directives also required that while hiring the services of a testing agency, Public Procurement Regulatory Authority Rules should be strictly observed to ensure minimum rates of fee through open bidding. The CJP also asked for a followup report on the implementation of the government’s directives. The Establishment Division secretary will submit the report within six weeks.

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