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Reward for spreading hatred
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which won massive mandate in Uttar Pradesh has decided
to appoint controversial religious leader turned politician Yogi Adityanath as Chief
Minister of the state. Mr Adityanath who was sworn in on Sunday has several pending
cases against him including that of attempt to murder, rioting etc. Though party
won election on development agenda but appointment of controversial leader as CM
sends out a wrong message. There will be voices who will urge the nation to give
Adityanath a chance. They will cite familiar arguments, such as power having a moderating
influence on its wielder. People will be reminded about the Union Minister Uma Bharti,
who in her more exuberant days between 1989 and 1993, breathed fire, became Madhya
Pradesh chief minister ten years later, was ejected from power, and is now a shadow
of her fiery self.
But today’s India is not of the 1980s and 1990s, when Hindutva was slowly on the
rise. Today, it is increasingly India’s dominant ideology. Adityanath is its most
vituperative, bellicose articulator. He might still change but his appointment is
a signal to all that his rise is a reward for the heat of hatred that has been generated
by his rhetoric and actions. His appointment also suggests that the BJP is wary of
waging the battle of 2019 on the plank of development. Party obviously feels that
it cannot ride its economic performance to victory. It must surf the tide of communal
polarisation under the leadership of Adityanath to ensure it wins the largest chunk
possible of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha seats.
---- Readers Forum ----
Letter to APPSC
Through your esteemed daily, we would like to pen down an open letter to the Chairman
APPSC. With the news of appointment of Tajom Taloh as the chairman, Arunachal Pradesh
Public Service Commission in December 2016, the unemployed youth of the state and
job aspirants were overjoyed, as he being a person of clean image and integrity beyond
doubt, it was expected that he would bring back the old lost glory of the commission.
Further with the cabinet decision of all recruitments to be conducted through the
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission, it was expected the nepotism and money
power in recruitment process would come to a standstill.
However, with the announcement of the final result of the Arunachal Pradesh Engineering
Service(AE/Civil 2016-17), it is quite shocking. The reasons are as follows:-
1. The commission called 102 candidates in the ratio 1:3 to fill up 34 vacant A.E.
civil post in the viva interview. But, after viva they declared the result of only
30 post (i.e. 29 post for APST+1 Post for physically challenged). When we enquired
about remaining four post, they told that the remaining four seat was for PwD(Person
With Disability), as no PwD candidates qualified the written exam, the remaining
four post will be carried forward for PwD candidates in the next exam. Our question
is why did they absorb other candidates in place of PwD candidates in earlier recruitments
and why did they altered this time?? If that is the case they should recall earlier
candidates who were absorbed in place of PwD in earlier recruitments; OR they should
declare the remaining four posts as per earlier norms like in 2014.
2. If they had to appoint only 30 candidates (i.e. 29 post for APST+1 Post for physically
challenged) they should have called 87(29X3) candidates plus 1 PwD i.e total 88 candidates
for viva, why excess 14 candidates were called for viva?
3. Some brilliant candidates have been selected, whose talent is beyond doubt and
no one have the right to question their credential. However, there are some candidates
in the selected list who were not bright during their school and college life. Now
our question is, if such candidate has changed drastically and performed well in
the exam that too in their first attempt, then they are pure genius and every technical
student should pray them daily and treat them as their GOD. But it is any technical
students’ guess that changing drastically without the basic concept is not anyone’s
cup of tea. So are they pure genius or Arunachalee Ruby Rais?
4. Some candidate filed RTI and IPOs on 10.03.2017 for merit list of 102 viva qualified
candidates and individual marks. But even after a week, the commission is yet to
give a reply. Now if they can declare result of viva voce within two hours of completing
the viva i.e they had already prepared merit list of 102 candidates, why they are
taking too long to give the merit list of all 102 candidates.
5. With due regards to the Incumbent Chairman, APPSC, whose integrity is beyond doubt,
we request him to introspect this whole recruitment process. The written examinations
were conducted before his appointment and like earlier history of paper leakage during
APCS exams, this time also it cannot be ruled out since come selected candidates’
credential are really doubtful.
who did not qualify
While I am big fan of the writings of Madam Tongam Rina’s column of the ‘Ringside
View’ of the Arunachal Times, especially on her crusade against corruptions and other
evils eating our State by the corrupt Politicians and their powerful Government Servants
and their Corporate World, her views on a highly sanctified Constitutional Body such
as the Arunachal Pradesh Service Commission as being a Lesser Evil than the Government
Department is bit too harsh and sweeping generalization. Although Tongam is entitled
to take any view on anything, but the analogy drawn between APPSC and the Government
Department is bit too incomparable. As we all know, the one man Magisterial enquiry
followed by an investigation by SIT has proven nothing against any member of the
Honourable Commission, therefore, to say or level the Commission as a lesser evil
is bit hurting not only to the moral of the thousands of educated unemployed Youths
who look up to the Commission as the last hope for free and fair recruitment but
also for the newly appointed team of Chairman and the Members who have nothing to
do with the alleged clerical errors committed by the lower rungs of the Commission.
We must also bear in mind that our APPSC has done a laudable job in the past and
our APCS Officials, many of whom are now nominated IAS and placed as Secretaries,
Commissioners, Directors and Deputy Commissioner are because of the Arunachal Public
Service Commission’s endeavour of selecting the best and the most meritorious.
I further appeal the media to go after the SIT and the Government for early disclosure
of their findings in the much alleged Question Paper Leakage Episode and action taken
thereof by the Government.
Let APPSC conduct exam
Through your esteem column, I would like to draw your attention towards another departmental
recruitment of Group A, B and C posts under Department of Agriculture, Govt of Arunachal
Since the state cabinet has already decided to let the APPSC conduct the Group A,
B and C recruitment, the department is not following the directives of Govt.
So my appeal goes to department and chief Secretary to let the APPSC conduct the
exam through written tests, not by walk in interview for the sake of transparency
and wellbeing of student community.
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