LAHORE - The Punjab government has finalised arrangements to shift Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) office from Davis Road to Johar Town in a purpose-built building. The government has allocated Rs 26.16 million in the 2008-9 Annual Development Programme (ADP) to purchase land for the construction of a PPSC's building. The PC-I of the project has been approved and the scheme has been included in the ADP.The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has started the necessary paper work regarding the project. Dilapidated condition of the PPSC's existing building, insufficient space for parking and routine traffic congestions outside the commission office are stated to be the reasons for PPSC's relocation. A new examination centre, with a seating capacity of 10,000 candidates, will also be built along with new PPSC's building. Since the present building of PPSC does not have its own examination centres, the commission had to get private or official buildings on rent to conduct its examinations for recruitment to various government posts in grade-16 to 22 for regular and contract employees. The government has also allocated Rs 19.6 million as operating expenditure of the commission for 2008-9, including Rs 4.35 million as occupancy cost to conduct the examinations. "More than 250,000 candidates appear in examinations every year, costing millions of rupees to the commission as it has to make arrangements at various educational institutions," the official said. Currently, 15 members in BS-20 are working under the supervision of a Chairman PPSC, besides 334 other officials. It may be recalled that PPSC is housed in the present building at Davis Road since its inception in April 1937. The commission was established under the Government of India Act, 1935. The act was adapted in 1947 after independence. Its functions were defined explicitly in the 1956 and 1962 Constitutions as well. After creation of One Unit, the Commission as renamed as the West Pakistan Public Service Commission. It was again named as Punjab Public Service Commission until in July 1970 on dismemberment of One Unit. The Commission is vested with the responsibility of making direct recruitment for various posts under the Punjab govt. It is a statutory body constituted under the provisions of the Punjab Public Service Commission Ordinance 1978 and the Punjab Public Service Commission (Function) Rules 1978 which have been framed as provided for in Article 242 of the 1973 Constitution. The Commission enjoys the status of a special institution and is under the administrative control of S&GAD of Punjab government. Its main Office is located at 2-Agha Khan (Davis) Road, Lahore where the major work of the Commission is handled. The two regional offices located at Multan and Rawalpindi extend services to local candidates.