11.1 The Local Government Service Commission, which was established under the Local Government Act 1975, came into operation in 1983. It has the responsibility to appoint, exercise disciplinary control, remove from office or approve retirement and select candidates for the award of scholarship to local government officers.
11.2 The objectives of the Local Government Service Commission are, among others, to provide local authorities with adequate, qualified and suitable human resources; adopt fair, acceptable and modern recruitment techniques; change and renew regularly schemes of service to adapt to the ever changing competitive environment; and attract as well as retain suitable candidates in the Local Government Service.
11.3 The Secretary is the responsible and Accounting officer of the Commission. In his day-to-day administration, he is assisted by officers at professional and technical levels and supported by staff of the general services.
11.4 We are maintaining the present organisational structure which does not require any change. However, in line with what has been recommended for the Public Service Commission, we are making provision for the services of an Industrial/Occupational Psychologist, on the basis of needs.
Secretary, Local Government Service Commission
11.5 At present, the Secretary of the Local Government Service Commission is supported in his task by an Assistant Secretary who is in charge of the competition section and who is fully taken up with the processing of applications, arrangement for interviews and examinations held by the Commission.
11.6 With the implementation of the reform programmes in the Local Government, the Commission has been entrusted with additional responsibilities and the work has increased considerably in quantity and complexity at strategic management level. Management has, therefore, made representations for the posting of a Principal Assistant Secretary at the Commission who, apart from being the next Officer-in-Charge of the Commission, will be responsible to oversee the operations as well as spearheading the reform activities, thus relieving the Secretary to concentrate more on strategic issues. We concur with the arrangement and are making appropriate recommendations to address the issue.
11.7 We recommend that consideration be given to the posting of a Principal Assistant Secretary at the Local Government Service Commission to assist the Secretary in the day-to-day management of the Commission.
11.8 We additionally recommend that, in future, on the departure of the present incumbent in the post of Secretary, an officer not below the level of Principal Assistant Secretary be assigned the duties of Secretary, Local Government Service Commission against payment of a responsibility allowance equivalent to the difference between his salary and that of the post of Secretary. We further recommend that on the officer’s retirement the pensionable emoluments shall be those of the Secretary, Local Government Service Commission provided that he has:
(i) successfully served for a period of not less than 12 months;
(ii) not been reverted to his substantive post on grounds of inefficiency or inability to perform at the higher level or on grounds of misconduct or has not reverted at his own request; and
(i) at the time of his retirement/reversion reached the age of 55 (or for an officer in post as at 30 June 2008, he has reached the age at which an officer may retire with the approval of the relevant Service Commission);
he has successfully served for a minimum period of six months and has reached compulsory retirement age.
11.9 A grade of Industrial/Occupational Psychologist has been recommended on the establishment of the Public and Disciplined Forces Service Commissions (PDFSC). Incumbent would be required to design personality/psychometric tests and other exercises for the selection of candidates with the right calibre. Should the LGSC deem it essential to solicit the services of the Industrial/Occupational Psychologist for its selection exercises, it may make the necessary arrangements with the PDFSC for the release of the latter for the specific exercise.
11.10 We recommend that the Secretary, Local Government Service Commission makes arrangements with the Public and Disciplined Forces Service Commissions to enlist the services of the Industrial/Occupational Psychologist as and when required.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION
Salary Scale and Grade
02 00 84
Secretary, Local Government Service Commission
24 13 36
Rs 8600 x 200 – 10200 x 250 – 11700 x 300 – 13800 x 400 – 14600
24 10 30
Rs 8000 x 200 – 10200 x 250 – 11700 x 300 – 12600
24 09 29
Rs 7800 x 200 – 10200 x 250 – 11700 x 300 – 12300
24 06 24
Rs 7200 x 200 – 10200 x 250 – 10950