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Pradeep Kumar Joshi appointed as UPSC chairman

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Pradeep Kumar Joshi appointed as UPSC chairman:


Context:

Educationist Professor Pradeep Kumar Joshi has been appointed as the chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

  • Joshi is currently a member in the Commission.
  • He will succeed Arvind Saxena.

Who appoints chairman and other members?

Article-316Appointment and term of office of members:

The Chairman and other members of a Public Service Commission shall be appointed, in the case of the Union Commission or a Joint Commission, by the President, and in the case of a State Commission, by the Governor of the State.

Term:

A member of a Public Service Commission shall hold office for a term of six years from the date on which he enters upon his office or until he attains, in the case of the Union Commission, the age of sixty-five years, and in the case of a State Commission or a Joint Commission, the age of sixty-two years, whichever is earlier.

Reappointment:

A person who holds office as a member of a Public Service Commission shall, on the expiration of his term of office, be ineligible for reappointment to that office.

But, a member other than the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission shall be eligible for appointment as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission, or as the Chairman of a State Public Service Commission, but not for any other employment either under the Government of India or under the Government of a State. Also, the Chairman of a State Public Service Commission shall be eligible for appointment as the Chairman or any other member of the Union Public Service Commission.

Article-317- Removal and suspension of a member of a Public Service Commission:

Chairman or any other member of a Public Service Commission shall only be removed from his office by order of the President on the ground of misbehaviour after the Supreme Court, on reference being made to it by the President, has, on inquiry held in accordance with the procedure prescribed in that behalf under article 145, reported that the Chairman or such other member, as the case may be, ought on any such ground to be removed.

Besides, President may by order remove from office the Chairman or any other member of a Public Service Commission if the Chairman or such other member, as the case may be,—

  1. is adjudged an insolvent; or
  2. engages during his term of office in any paid employment outside the duties of his office; or
  3. is, in the opinion of the President, unfit to continue in office by reason of infirmity of mind or body.

Guilty of Misbehaviour:

If the Chairman or any other member of a Public Service Commission is or becomes in any way concerned or interested in any contract or agreement made by or on behalf of the Government of India or the Government of a State or participates in any way in the profit thereof or in any benefit or emolument arising therefrom otherwise than as a member and in common with the other members of an incorporated company, he shall, for the purposes of clause (1), be deemed to be guilty of misbehaviour.

(Note: This is an important and exhaustive topic. We advise you to go through the following link and note down various related facts:

https://www.upsc.gov.in/about-us/constitutional-provisions/article-316-appointment-and-term-office-members.)

InstaLinks:

Prelims Link:

  1. Constitutional provisions related to Public Service Commissions.
  2. Functions of UPSC.
  3. Chairman and members of UPSC- eligibility, appointment and removal.
  4. Power to make regulations as to conditions of service of members and staff of the Commission.
  5. Power to extend functions of Public Service Commissions.
  6. Reports of Public Service Commissions.

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