UPSC Turns Down Arunachal Govt’s Plea To Conduct Recruitment Exams In State

In a setback to the Arunachal Pradesh government, the Union Public Service Commission has rejected the state government’s request to conduct recruitment exams for Group A and Group B posts in the state. An officer of the news agency PTI was allegedly saying the same. Earlier, the Arunachal Pradesh government had requested UPSC to conduct the exam for Group A and Group B posts in the state as per the recruitment policies of the state. Until the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) is reconstituted and operationalised.

In response to the Arunachal Pradesh government’s plea, the UPSC wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary of the state stating that such requests cannot be processed when a duly constituted Public Service Commission is functioning in the state.

Notably, APPSC has recently been on the radar for paper leak gate in the Assistant Engineer (Civil) exam conducted by the commission. APPSC chairman Nipo Nabam and all the members of the commission except one have already resigned following the paper leak scam.

In its letter to the state government, the UPSC also underlined that the state commission is still functioning, though with one member. The principle of lay lays down that a constitutional/statutory provision casting a duty on a designated authority has to be performed only by that concerned authority and no one else.

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Following growing demands from All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) and Pan Arunachal Joint Steering Committee (PAJSC), the Arunachal Pradesh government wrote to the apex commission UPSC to conduct the exam.

The alleged paper leak in the Assistant Engineer (Civil) exam came to light after a candidate lodged a police complaint. The exam was conducted on August 26 and 27 last year and more than 400 candidates appeared in the exam.

In view of the paper leak case, the state government had handed over the investigation of the case to the CBI. The case was earlier investigated by the Arunachal Pradesh Police and its Special Investigation Cell. Arunachal Pradesh State Reforms Secretary Ajay Chagti told PTI that out of 41 employees allegedly involved in the scam, 19 have been dismissed while disciplinary action is being taken against the remaining 41.

On reforms in APPSC, the State Secretary said that the draft bill for framing the Arunachal Pradesh Public Examinations (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Act has been uploaded on its official website inviting comments and suggestions from the public.

(With inputs from PTI)

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