The delegation of the Zanzibar Public Service Commission [ZPSC] led by the Commission’s Vice Chairman H.E. Ambassador Hussein Said Khatib made a successful awareness visit to India from 09th to 18th Novembers, 2013 where they had suitable opportunities to learn and grasp insightful knowledge regarding the organisational structure, core responsibilities as well as diverse activities undertaken by the corresponding Commission of the Government of India known as the Union Public Service Commission [UPSC].
The ZPSC entourage also included Hon. Commissioner Hamid Mahmoud [Retired Chief Justice of Zanzibar] who is also a Vice Chairman of the National Electoral Commission of Tanzania [NEC], Hon. Commissioner Ali Rajab Ali [Retired Principal Secretary at Chief Minister’s Office], Principal Secretary of the Zanzibar Ministry of State, President’s Office, Labour and Public Service Mrs. Fatma Gharib Bilal and two Members of the ZPSC Secretariat namely Mr. Mahfoudh Mohammed Hassan and Mrs. Asya Mussa Ali.
Preceding the ZPSC and UPSC Commissioners interactive session, the Vice Chairman of the ZPSC H.E. Ambassador Hussein led his entourage to pay a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission [UPSC] Prof. D.P. Agrawal in his Office at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi.
In his welcoming note, Prof. Agrawal expressed his profound gratitude and pleasure to receive the delegation of the Public Service Commission of the Government of Zanzibar.
On behalf of the UPSC and the Government of India, he underscored the ZPSC Commissioners’ visit to [UPSC Headquarters] India as a sincere endorsement of the longstanding and excellent bilateral relation and cooperation between the Republic of India and United Republic of Tanzania including Zanzibar.
Furthermore, he enlighten the visiting [ZPSC] Commissioners about the evolution and constitutional status of the current India UPSC, which he said was formally transformed into Federal Public Service Commission in August, 1937 from the previously Public Service Commission which was formed in October, 1926. Moreover, he avowed that the Commission achieved its current status [the Union Public Service Commission] on 26th January, 1950 subsequent to the new Constitution of Independent India coming into force. The UPSC is consisting of ten Member Commissioners.
esponding to Prof. Agrawal’s welcome remarks, the ZPSC Vice Chairman, H.E. Ambassador Hussein Said expressed sincere thanks and appreciation of the Commission and the Government of Zanzibar to Prof. Agrawal, the entire UPSC leadership and its staff for their positive efforts that blessed their visit with a warm welcome and cordial hospitality.
He then informed the Chairman of the UPSC, Prof. Agrawal and other Officials in attendance that the ZPSC is a very young [three years] institution which ought to experience and encounter various procedural challenges through its course of development and implementation, contrary to the UPSC which is an aged Indian Government Authority with a lot of experiences and outstanding achievements.
Therefore, he referred to their particular visit to India [UPSC] as among the series of dedicated efforts of the Zanzibar Government to institute an excellent and successful Public Service Commission that will efficiently address all the emerging challenges and consequently serve for the encoded legitimate purpose.
Applauding a well equipped programme which was prepared by their host [UPSC] for them, the ZPSC Vice Chairman explained the incorporated interactive session with their Indian counterpart as a very important part of their visit since it will enable them to obtain significant information and knowledge about the Indian Public Service System which could in turn be recommended to the Government of Zanzibar for consideration of adoption into the Government [Zanzibar] Public Services System.
During the interactive discussions in which all Commissioners actively participated by exchanging views, sharing both sides information and encouragement, the ZPSC Members were also provided with detailed information about the UPSC organisational structure, its core functions and mandate.
They were informed that the Union Public Service Commission which has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India consists of a Chairman and ten Members, whereby the terms and conditions of service of the Commission are governed by the Union Public Service Commission [Members] Regulations, 1969 in which every member holds office for six years term or until he reaches the age of retirement [sixty-five years]. It is an institution which functions with both autonomy and freedom, it is only answerable to the Parliament while its decisions can only be challenged through the Supreme Court.
As per UPSC responsibilities, it has been learnt that the Commission has been mandated with the primary task of the recruitment [direct, promotion and transfer] of the civil services at the union level through competitive examinations or selection through interviews. It has also been conferred with other co-functions including advisory [promotions, awards, pensions etc] and disciplinary among others.
Subsequently, in further response to ZPSC Commissioners various concerns regarding the UPSC jurisdiction with reference to Personnel and Pensions issues, The O.S.D to Chairman, Mr. T.V. Dinesh recommended to the Commission to pursue for more information related to those fields through the Indian Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions.
H.E. Ambassador Hussein expressed his Delegation’s felicitations and gratefulness to the UPSC leadership for organising for them a very educative interactive programme in which he acknowledged that it granted them with proper knowledge, skills and useful values which will be of greater assistance and practicable reference to the [Zanzibar] Government’s line of reforming its PSC to excellence.
In the end both, [UPSC & ZPSC] Commissioners acknowledged that, besides the fact that the UPSC is an [Indian Government] constitutional independent body whereas the ZPSC is legitimately appended to the [Zanzibar] Government Ministry, they are both established to pursue and achieve identical tasks/goals of their respective Governments. Therefore, for that reason they were submitted to believe that, there was a greater need for them [Commissions] to forge and eventually to maintain close communication and cooperation in the course of their performance, consultation and development for the mutual benefit of their nations.
While in Delhi, the Delegation of the Zanzibar Public Service Commission also had an opportunity to visit the Chancery of the High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania at the Diplomatic Enclave, Chanakyapuri, where they had a pleasant meeting with Home Based Staff of the Mission.