Balurghat, July 20: Around 100 youths who had applied for constable and sub-inspector posts in Calcutta police got letters announcing the physical fitness test date two months after the exam was held because of postal delays.
Six of the applicants lodged a complaint with the postal superintendent of Dinajpur division on Tuesday alleging negligence.
The physical fitness test is the first exam in the recruitment process for the posts.More than 1,000 youths from South Dinajpur had applied for the jobs in Calcutta Police in February and March.
The tests were held in the second half of May.
“I had applied for the post of a sub-inspector. I got the call letter for the physical fitness test on July 17. In the letter, I was asked to appear for the test at the Police Training College in Calcutta at 11am on May 23. My identity number in the letter is 023184-R. The letter was dispatched from a post office in Calcutta in the last week of April,” said Sanjay Chakrabarty of Balurghat.
He added that he could tell the date of dispatch from the stamp on the letter.
“This is an example of how negligent and callous the postal department can be. It is ridiculous. Is there any explanation for this delay?” the youth said.
For the post of constable, those candidates who are selected after the physical fitness test have to appear for a medical examination.
A police verification is conducted for the successful applicants after the second round and the candidates are recruited after that.
For the posts of sub-inspectors, candidates who qualify after the fitness test have to appear for a written examination and an interview.
Successful applicants have to undergo medical examination after which a verification is done for a possible criminal record.
“I was asked to appear before the selection committee for the post of a constable at the Royal Calcutta Turf ground on May 15 at 1pm. My ID no was given as R-142796. The letter was dispatched from Calcutta on April 21 and I received it on July 15,” said Pintu Pal, a resident of Baul in Balurghat subdivision.
“I come from a poor family and have been preparing for the job for almost a year. I was deprived of a chance to have the job because of the utter negligence of the postal department. Their negligence has spoiled the fate of many youths like me,” he said.
After the letters are dispatched from the police department in Calcutta it goes to the GPO. From there the letters reach the district post office in Balurghat, and then they are distributed to the post offices and sub-post offices under it.
Around six-seven youths lodged a complaint with the postal superintendent in Dinajpur division, Subal Mallik, on Tuesday alleging negligence and demanding that the department take steps to schedule the recruitment tests on a later date for those who could not appear for the exam.
“The matter has been brought to my notice and I have discussed it with the higher officials in the postal department. Not only youths from Baul, others from Kumarganj, Tapan, Balurghat and Gangarampur have also been affected by this delay. But there is no negligence here at the local level,” said Mallik.
Jawed Shamim, the joint commissioner of police (headquarters), said candidates who had received the call letter for the physical fitness test after the scheduled date would be allowed to appear for the examination.
“The candidates will have to come to the enquiry counter at the office of the police recruitment board on Ripon Street. They will be issued a fresh date for appearing in the physical fitness test,” Shamim said.