KAS aspirants question PSC wisdom, seek objective level playing field

Srinagar

Kashmir Administrative Service (KAS) aspirants have accused Public Service Commission for putting them under tremendous stress by denying them enough time for sitting in the mains examination.

Aspirants blamed the recruiting agency for “concealing its failures” and playing with the carrier of the students by announcing abruptly the dates for the examinations.

The aspirants said 277 KAS positions were advertised in 2016 and prelims were conducted in March 2017 and there were more than 20 wrong answers in the official key which they said was leaked.

According to the aspirants, it was only due to the persistent campaign, the PSC released a revised list of prelims ousting the 429 aspirants who were included in the first list. These 429 aspirants went to the court and the court directs the commission to allow them to appear in the main exams on ‘equal footing’ on December 31st, 2017.

One of the aspirants said that the commission had not decided till filing LPA in the Double Bench challenging single bench order on February 2, 2018. “On February 7, 2018, DB ordered the commission to abide the single bench order till the final judgment by BD. On 8th February the commission has notified these 429 aspirants to submit their forms along with all the documents within two days,” the aspirant alleged.

“Is it possible for us to do so when on February 9.Kashmir was closed on Separatists’ call and on 10th there was a bank holiday. On 10 February, JKPSC extended the date of submitting the form until 12th February. Then it was Sunday and how come Monday is enough for submitting the form when other aspirants were given 30 days to submit forms,” a group of aspirants asked.

“Isn’t it sheer injustice? They are expecting us to get ready for mains in just six days. Is it possible” asked one of the aspirants who added that PSC had thrown them into serious stress

They said that aspirants were suffering from mental trauma due to the attitude of the commission. “Does this mean ‘equal footing’ as has been mentioned in the court order?” they asked.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami and legislator Bashir Ahmad Dar on Monday urged chief minister Mehbooba Mufti to consider the postponement of KAS examination scheduled to be held on February 15, Thursday.

Tarigami informed the house that he has received requests from the aspirants preparing for KAS examinations that the exams be postponed.

He urged the CM to consider the postponement of exams saying the aspirants cannot prepare due to “different reasons”.

MLA Kupwara Bashir Dar also demanded deferment of the exams saying due to inclement weather and subsequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway most of the students are not able to reach to their respective examination centres.

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