Guwahati, Oct. 19: It’s now time for wannabe cops to prove their mettle after TET brought aspiring teachers face-to-face with their moment of truth.
Dispur has scaled up its transparency mantra by approving a fresh and transparent recruitment policy for constables aimed at ensuring that the “eyes and ears” of the police department remained “unaffected” by manipulative and corrupt practices.
Assam government’s first effort in this direction, the Teacher Eligibility Test, was hugely successful and very well received.
The fresh guidelines (see chart), approved on October 16, are an improvement over existing ones, as these envisage exhaustive use of technology, deployment of neutral observers during tests, declaration of results of physical efficiency test (PET) and personality assessment test (PAT) on the same day with duly acknowledged individual marks slips provided to each candidate to ensure transparency.
Only those candidates who qualify for the physical standard test (PST), PET and PAT will be allowed to appear in the Constable Eligibility Test (CET). Like TET, this will have multiple choice questions, be conducted at notified centres at district and sub-divisional levels and assessed though the optical mark recognition (OMR) system.
The home department and the chief minister’s office had worked in close coordination to get the policy approved despite subtle reservations from a few quarters.
One argument was that it was not necessary to push constables through a “tough mental grind” like teachers. Those pushing for transparency prevailed by asserting that the test was essential to check manipulation.
“The test will be very basic in nature. It is needed because only teachers and policemen are recruited on a large scale and we believe an aspiring teacher or policeman getting a job without paying bribe or using influence will better serve society. Merit, not manipulation, will triumph under this system,” an official told The Telegraph.
Necessary guidelines for the new policy may be issued by the police headquarters with the DGP remaining in overall charge of the process through the State Level Police Recruitment Board, said the order on general policy on recruitment of constables and equivalent posts in police and other organisations.