In a scathing attack on the BJP government in the transport constables’ recruitment scam, the Congress said on Friday that the file pertaining to the recruitment order was made ‘missing’ as it would reveal irregularities and how norms were changed to accommodate certain candidates.
The Congress said instead of recruiting 198 transport constables, chief secretary Anthony DeSa, who was then additional chief secretary of the transport department, had ordered to recruit 332 persons, the STF didn’t take cognisance of the matter.
The transport constable recruitment exam was also held by the Professional Examination Board.
“Neither the transport department nor the Professional Examination Board (PEB) is giving information that how 332 persons were recruited against the sanctioned 198 posts. This is the reason the information is not being given and the file is termed as ‘missing’ by the officials,” said Congress chief spokesperson KK Mishra.
The Congress said it has the information about the communication (letters) between the exam board and transport department over the selection rules.
DeSa said, “All these vacancies were sanctioned and the due permissions were taken.”
"The accusation that norms were changed arbitrarily was completely baseless", he added.
Echoing similar views, public relations commissioner SK Mishra said the Congress’ allegations were false as the recruitment process was fair.
“The advertisement for the recruitment on 198 posts was published initially, but as it took time before the examination was held and in this duration posts felt vacant due to promotions, transfers and people retiring. Hence, the decision was taken for the recruitment on 332 posts,” said Mishra.