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Facing ordeal for admit cards

WHEN IT comes to Staff Selection Commission (SSC), one cannot say there's nothing much to write about it. This is because it is always in the news for one reason or the other. From aiding copying in examination to being involved in changing of answersheets, it has been accused of indulging in unfair activities directly or indirectly on several occasions. Every year, thousands of examinees striving for jobs in Central Government offices make a beeline at the eleventh hour to take their admit cards from the counter.

india Updated: Jun 16, 2006 00:04 IST
BK Singh

WHEN IT comes to Staff Selection Commission (SSC), one cannot say there's nothing much to write about it. This is because it is always in the news for one reason or the other. From aiding copying in examination to being involved in changing of answersheets, it has been accused of indulging in unfair activities directly or indirectly on several occasions.

Every year, thousands of examinees striving for jobs in Central Government offices make a beeline at the eleventh hour to take their admit cards from the counter. This happens not because of any error on the part of the examinees but because of the lackadaisical attitude of the commission in sending the admit cards of examinees, alleged an aspirant, who had come to collect the admit card.

Nervous, the candidates rush to the city by the first and the fastest available mode of transport. With no facility for them, aspirants stand in queue for hours under the sun and plead through a single window with the clerk sitting at the other end inside to provide them the admit card. Almost each of them heads to the commission straight from the railway station or the bus stand. Those who succeed in getting their admit cards the same day are the lucky ones while the rest stay put in some hotel and wait for their turn the next morning. This year too about three thousand students have reached here from Bihar, West Bengal, Rajasthan and other states to procure their admit cards which could not reach them even after they had completed all formalities. Worse, there's no arrangement for drinking water.

When the HT team visited the SSC, several aspirants were seen holding cold drink bottles to quench their thirst.

Varun from Dehradun underwent the most harrowing experience in his life after one of the guards snatched water from his hand. The water had been given to him by another guard who had taken pity on the thirsty boy. With no other option Varun went to the nearby market to get a bottle of cold drink as he had no idea as to how long the SSC staff would keep him waiting.

After failing to get his admit card he had sent another stamped envelope worth Rs 30 to the commission pleading for the admit card. Worried, he took a train to the city after having no response from the commission this time also.

"It appears that these people take out the stamp and sell it in the market to harass us," alleged another aspirant who had come from Ranchi.

Ankur Awasthi from Alwar in Rajasthan had reached the SSC after travelling without any reservation for 20 hours. With nothing to eat and drink he was hoping to return home after catching the first available train. But this return journey was subject to the availability of the admit card. He appeared shaken with the thought that he had to appear in the examination on June 18. However, regional director Rakesh Kumar Yadav blamed the Postal Department for the delay in reaching the admit cards to the candidates.