AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh has demanded a CBI inquiry into Homoeopathy Medical Officer Exam, 2013 and cancellation of the exam alleging serious irregularities were committed in the examination.
He has made the demands in a letter dated February 7, 2015 written to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The Ayurvedic medical officer recruitment exam conducted by the commission was cancelled in May last year after it was discovered that the question papers of the exam had been leaked.
The leakage of the papers came to light after a special task force (STF) arrested a professor of an Ayurveda College who was a proof-reader for the question papers.
The professor revealed to STF that he had leaked the papers.
Singh said the homoeopathy medical officer exam was organised on March 9, 2014.
The question papers were not properly sealed and the candidates had pointed it out, but the invigilators and the MPPSC officials ignored the candidates’ concerns, he said in the letter.
He said the MPPSC published an answer key on March 24, 2014 to the questions asked. This brought to light the fact that 2 bonus points were given to all the candidates against one of the questions.
On May 20, 2014, the commission issued a modified answer key in which 36 bonus points were awarded to all the candidates against the 18 questions.
Ridiculously, another amendment was made in the answer key and it was issued on August 8, 2014, whereby 34 bonus points were awarded to the candidates against 17 questions.
This meant that the students who answered the questions correctly and the students who gave wrong answers to these questions were all awarded similar marks.
He said frequent amendments in the answer key only suggested that it was done to benefit some particular candidates.
Singh said the amendments were not only made in the answer keys but in the results also.
The results were declared on November 12, 2014, and 380 candidates were declared successful against 114 posts.
But an amended list of 374 successful candidates was declared on December 9, 2014. This raised doubts about irregularities in exam.
The Congress leader said one of the eligible candidates included a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha member, who was an accused in the paper leakage case. He had been arrested by the STF, Singh said, adding that his wife’s name too had appeared in the list of eligible candidates.
The former chief minister said there was no cut-off mark declared for the successful candidates in the exam.
PCC secy refuses to comment on Singh
Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission secretary Manohar Dubey on Sunday refused to comment on AICC general sectary Digvijaya Singh’s charges, saying he has not seen the letter and was not in position to react.
However, replying to the charges point wise, another official of the commission, who was not authorised to speak to media said the bunch of papers and not individual papers were sealed in packets during the MPPSC examinations.
As per the commission’s rules, the papers are sent to the examination centres in sealed packets.
The packets are opened in the examination superintendent’s room.
From there the papers are sent to the examination hall where loose papers are distributed among the examinees.
He said it was true that at the time of examination some examinees had raised the issue.
“We made our stand clear in writing during the examination itself.”
He said after 2010, the commission had adopted the practice to invite objections against incorrect questions and award bonus marks.
Earlier, there was no such practice at all.
The official said if the commission acknowledges its error and issued an amended result as per the charges made by the Congress leader, the commission must be appreciated for its transparency and fairness.
As far as success of the accused in the homoeopathy medical officer exam is concerned, there was no rule and provision that an accused could be debarred from appearing in any examination, he added.
“In fact, his selection in the department concerned could be checked at the time of character verification.”
The official said the cut-off marks for the preliminary examinations were declared, not the main examinations ahead of final selection.
“The cut-off marks for the main examinations were declared only after the final selection to avoid any confusion among the candidates.”