Several candidates who had appeared in the examination held recently for the posts of technician at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, have been receiving calls wherein they are being asked to pay money to ensure that they get the job.
The caller who identified himself as a PGIMER official called only those candidates who had cleared the written examination and got the calls for interview. The calls being received by the candidates are coming from mobile number 75086-50905.
The caller tells the candidates that he can help them in getting the job if they were ready to shell out anywhere from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 4 lakh.
Anju Kumari, one of the candidates for the post of junior technician (X-Ray), also got a similar call from 75086-50905. The person asked for Rs 2-lakh bribe with assurance to get her the job. When she asked why should she believe him, the caller told her that he was calling from the institute. To clear her doubts, the caller told her that her entire record was lying in front of him and he shared her graduation marks, name of educational institutes she had studied from, etc. The caller gave her half-an-hour's time to decide, saying that there were four people competing for the post.
The kind of information the caller shared with the candidates indicates that it was the handiwork of somebody from within the PGIMER, who had access to the result as well as the confidential record of candidates.
Kumari's father-in-law who works in the PGIMER himself called up an office superintendent in the recruitment cell of the institute, whose response was not satisfactory. When Kumari called back at the said number, it was not reachable.
Similar call was made to another candidate, Suman Verma, who too was assured a job if she was ready to pay the money.
There were around 130 posts of junior laboratory technician, junior technician (X-ray) and operation theatre assistant, for which interviews were held on May 6 and the process for selection has already completed.
Not only those candidates who had already appeared in the interview, but the candidates who are yet to appear in the interview for the post of junior technician (radio therapy) have also received similar calls.
Neelam Sharma, who works as a junior technician at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, had appeared for junior technician's post at the PGIMER. She also got a call from the same number on Saturday. Neelam was told that since she had cleared the examination, she would get a call for the interview soon. The caller asked for her father's number.
Later, her father got a call and he was asked to pay Rs 4 lakh to get his daughter a job. The caller told him to wait for another call in the evening, which he didn't receive.
When this correspondent tried to contact the number (75086-50905), it delivered a message "the number doesn't exist". When the number was put through the mobile identification system, truecaller, it was found that the number was issued to one Arpinder and location was Punjab.
"We will ensure a fair selection on the basis of merit. As far as issue of calls being made to the candidates are concerned, we will look into the matter," said Manju Wadwalkar, spokesperson, PGIMER.
The caller had access to confidential information about candidates, which only an insider can have.
Only candidates who secured good marks in written examination got calls.
Even some of the candidates got calls post-interview, when result was being prepared. It also indicates an insider's hand, who had access to marks candidates got in the interview and the written test.
The selection process for the posts of junior technician (X-ray), laboratory technician and operation theatre assistant has already completed.