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Scam whiff in Manipur recruitments

Imphal, Nov. 25: Information sought under Right to Information Act suggests scams in the conduct of combined examinations by Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) for recruitment of sub-deputy collectors, Manipur Police Service and Manipur Civil Service officers this year.

Two candidates of the combined examinations are preparing to approach the court seeking quashing of the entire process of the examinations.

The main examinations were held from February 6 to 22 this year and the results were declared on July 31.

Hanjabam Bobby Sharma, an unsuccessful candidate, claimed that the qualifying marks of the general English were “manipulated” by the service commission to “accommodate” candidates of “powerful” people.

After failing in the main examinations, Bobby Sharma sought information on marks he had secured.

The information provided to him said he had secured only 45 per cent in the general English paper and therefore other answer papers were not evaluated as marks secured in general English were below the qualifying marks of 50 per cent.

When he further sought information it was found that all his other papers were evaluated and he secured a total of 1343 marks — only eight marks short of the aggregate secured by the topper. He should be in the fourth position in the main examination, Sharma claimed.

He said the commission maintained that there was a rule fixing 50 per cent mark as the qualifying mark for evaluation of other papers. However, there was no rule fixing 50 per cent as the qualifying mark, he claimed.

“There is clear indication of mala fide intention on the part of the service commission to discriminate meritorious candidates,” RTI activist K. Sieyajit who helped the candidate in seeking the information said.

Sharma said the last option was to approach the court and he would seek quashing of the entire examination process.

Another unsuccessful candidate, Jotin Nandeibam, is also prepared to move the court to seek re-evaluation of his answer papers.

He said most of his answers in the main examination were given zero.

He said the evaluators gave him zero because he wrote open letters to then President Pratibha Patil, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, governor Gurbachan Jagat about irregularities in the same examination.