The State Government has constituted the West Bengal Co-operative Service Commission which has been entrusted with the task of selecting persons for appointment to certain posts other than Group-D posts in all the Apex Co-operative Institutions including the State Co-operative Bank and the State Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Bank, Central Co-operative Banks and other Central Societies, Primary Co-operative Agriculture and Rural Development Banks and Primary Urban Co-operative Banks.
The Commission is headed by a person who has been or is a Judge of Calcutta High Court or a person who holds or has held a post not below the rank of a Secretary to the Government of West Bengal. The commission also has two other members who are persons from the apex societies appointed by state government. An Officer of the rank of Additional Registrar of Co-operative Societies appointed as Secretary of the Commission for conducting its business and affairs.
The Commission has also been provided with the services of officers of the rank of Deputy Registrar of Co-operative Societies and Assistant Registrar of Co-operative Societies who function as its Deputy Secretary and Assistant Secretary respectively. A number of officers of the rank of Co-operative Development Officer and Inspector of Co-operative Societies have also been deputed by State Government to the service of the Commission who, along with clerical and Group D staff, carry out its regular business.
The State provides with financial as well as the logistical support and the Commission is treated on par with the State Public Service Commission in status and position. The State Government has the power to increase or decrease the staff strength in consultation with the Chairman of the Commission.
The Selection Committee of the Commission consists of the Chairman and other two members of the Commission, a representative of the State-level or District-level Co-operative Society as the case may be and a representative of the Co-operative Society for which the selection is to be made. In case of selection of employees for a State Level Co-operative Society, the Selection Committee consists of the Chairman and two other members of the Commission, a representative of the State Level Co-operative Society for which the selection of employees is to be made and one officer of the Co-operation Directorate to be nominated by Registrar of Co-operative Societies, West Bengal.
Every Co-operative Society has to consult the Commission on all disciplinary matters affecting any of its employees appointed on the recommendation of the Commission and on such matters as may be specified by the State Government by Notification.