SDPI alleges that vested interests are trying to stall the process of selection of 2011 batch of KAS probationers as the list has sizeable number of candidates from the disadvantaged sections.
By A Staff Writer
Bangalore: A committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Syed Zameer Pasha (IAS retired) to take up the matter of candidates who had cleared the Karnataka Administrative Service selection 2011 by the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC). The process of selection has been stalled following allegations of malpractices in the exam and the interviews. Notably 29 Muslims and several Dalit and OBC candidates had clear the selection process and were awaiting the final announcement of the result of selected probationers for the gazette posts.
The notification for the exam was made in November 2011 and preliminary exams were held in April 2012. Main exam was held in December 2012 and the interviews were completed in May 2013.
Altogether 138,000 candidates appeared for the prelims and nearly 7,188 (in ratio of 1: 20) qualified for the mains exam. Of these, about 1,085 candidates (i.e., 1: 3) qualified for interview. The KPSC had completed the process of exam and interview and announced the marks of main and interview. But provisional list of 362 finally selected candidates is yet to be announced despite passage of 30 months since the process commenced. Allegation of malpractices and irregularities were aired during the process and Government of Karnataka announced the CoD inquiry. The CoD has submitted its report. But the Government has ordered reevaluation and re-interview. The KPSC has officially communicated to the Government that the rules do not permit reevaluation and repeat interviews. Following this, the Government of Karnataka is mooting quashing of entire notification, which is being opposed by the candidates who have put in years of effort and waited for nearly three years.
The Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI) in a meeting on February 11 held at Hameed Shah Complex, urged the chief minister to desist from quashing of the notification and annulment of the entire process. Instead, it said, the Government should punish only those candidate involved in malpractices as per the report of the investigating agencies. It said, certain lobbies were working against the announcement of list as it enables several dozens of candidates from the disadvantaged and deprived sections to enter the Government service.
The meeting was attended by Syed Zameer Pasha, Dr. Y. Abdul Azeez, former Principal, Al-Ameen Colege; Advocate C. R. Abdur Rasheed; Sardar Ahmed Qureshi of Tipu Sultan United Front, SDPI General Secretary Dr. Mahaboob Shariff Awad; former KPSC member Khader Mohideen; Maulana Maqsood Imran, Peshimam, City Jama Masjid; MSO secretary Syed Shahid Ahmed; Mufti Iftikhar Qasimi of Jamiatul Ulema; State Secretary of the SDPI Abdul Hannan.
The November 2011 notification had invited application for 162 Group-A and 200 Group-B vacancies.
It may be recalled that the selection process was stalled following filing of an FIR by a candidate named Mythri through her advocate in the Vidhana Soudha Police Station and the case was filed by Deputy Secretary, DPAR.
The case study prepared by the SDPI raised pertinent questions about the entire process of stalling the final list and points finger at insiders from within the KPSC being responsible for the same. It says the names of the two KPSC members in the FIR, both of whom are Dalits, is a conspiracy to discredit the disadvantaged groups.
The SDPI has urged the Government to proceed against the KPSC members found guilty but not to punish the candidates who have put in years of preparation and may exceed the age limit, if they were to reappear for an examination.