<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than Rs 2.5 crore has been spent in the last five years over lawyers by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC), to fight a legal battle for the recruitments announced by it to fill up the vacancies at various levels in the government.Almost all the recruitment drives and vacancies announced by the RPSC in the recent times have been challenged in courts.The loopholes and RPSC’s callous approach to the procedure has led to a long legal battle and a stay over the recruitments.RPSC’s failure to follow a water-tight recruitment procedure, which cannot be challenged, is not only harming the prospects of candidates but also adding to the financial burden of the commission.According to the information received through Right to Information (RTI), which was sought by activist Gopal Maheshwari, RPSC in the past 14 years had to shell out Rs 3,27,23,735 crores as fees for the lawyers it appointed for representation in the courts.Of this, Rs 2.5 has been spent in the past five years alone. Maheshwari, through RTI, had sought details on the expenses incurred by RPSC in the past 18 years. The commission failed to provide the details for financial years 2000-01 to 2003-2004 and instead, shared information from 2004-05 to the current financial year.The information reveals that Rs 2.5 crore has been spent on lawyers between 2014-15 and 2017-18.Details reveal that while RPSC has been charged Rs 1,100 by the lawyers of Rajasthan High Court, the fee rise is upto Rs 60,000 for lawyers who represent it at the Supreme Court. “The state government is well aware of the situation and yet it has failed to initiate any corrective measures.As a result, all the youth in general and all probable candidates of the state are suffering,” said Maheshwari.Activist, Vipin Prakash Sharma said that an additional financial burden is not just restricted to the RPSC but also the candidates.“As there are several loopholes, the recruitments get challenged by the candidates and in the past few years, the candidates have spent over Rs 200 crores on petitions challenging the procedure. There is an immediate need for rectifying the process.”

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RPSC spends crores on recruitment battles