Kolkata: The West Bengal Municipal Service Commission Bill 2018 was passed at the state Assembly on Wednesday, to empower the Municipal Service Commission for direct recruitment of personnel in all urban local bodies across the state, including municipal corporations, municipalities, notified area authorities, industrial township authorities, development authorities and different organisations that come under the aegis of the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”This would usher in professionalism and transparency in the recruitment process and ensure that there will be no allegations of political interference in the recruitment,” state Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim said, while placing the Bill at the state Assembly.An official in the state Municipal Affairs department said recruitment in all the 8 municipal corporations, 115 municipalities, 18 development authorities, three notified areas and three industrial authorities etc. will be done through this commission. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCurrently, the recruitment of employees of Kolkata Municipal Corporation is done through the commission and sometimes also for the municipal corporations, while the process of recruitment of the 115 municipalities, 18 development authorities and others are conducted by various agencies. According to the Bill, the Municipal Service Commission will be an autonomous body, pulling it out of the aegis of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, so that it may work on its own strength under the administrative control of the department. The commission shall consist of a chairman and not more than three other members. The chairman and the members shall be appointed or nominated by the state government and one of the three members shall be an officer of the state Backward Class Welfare department.There will be yardsticks in educational qualifications, age and other aspects by which the Commission members, including the chairman, will be constituted. “We have witnessed a number of litigations alleging lack of transparency in recruitment. This step will also curb such things,” Hakim said.Left Front MLA Ashok Bhattacharjee, who was also the former Urban Development department minister, suggested a special commission for such recruitment in the hills. Ruling out such suggestion, Hakim said that people from all communities live amicably in Bengal and reiterated that there is no need for any such separate commission.