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RSO exams put off mysteriously

The examination for 126 posts of radio station officers (RSO) in police telecom department is postponed, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Dec 08, 2006 02:48 IST
M Hasan

The examination for 126 posts of radio station officers (RSO) in police telecom department was postponed on Thursday under mysterious circumstances.

The examination was to be held on December 11. In the absence of senior IPS officers the department has been facing a messy situation.  While the DGP headquarters expressed ignorance about the postponement of the examination, there was no IPS officer at the telecom to look into the matter.  The leaderless organisation has been left to the mercy of four deputy SP level officers.

The department has been become headless following the suspension of additional director general police (telecom) BK Bhalla on November 29 on his controversial report on terrorism and transfer of IG KK Saxena as IG Varanasi last week. The post of the DIG is lying vacant. Inexplicably the government has so far not bothered to fill the three top slots. 

In a statement the state radio officer (administration) RS Dewividi said that for certain unavoidable reasons the examination had been postponed. While the DGP headquarters said that a deputy SP level officer could not order for the postponement of the examination of sub-inspector level, Dewividi told Hindustan Times that there was no board after the transfer of Saxena; hence the examination had been deferred.

When asked who ordered for the postponement, Dewividi said it had been done in a routine way because of transfer of Saxena. However Saxena was not available for comment.

The telecom department, which had of late been in news for large number of appointments at various level, had announced to appoint 126 RSOs through direct recruitment. The additional director general (establishment) AK Gupta said that DGP headquarters had no role in the recruitment as the telecom wing had its own establishment board headed by IG telecom.

Dwevidi said that nearly 1600 candidates had appeared in pre-examination and physical test. It is learnt that around 800 candidates were to appear in main written examination on December 11 at telecom headquarters.

Email M Hasan: mhasan@hindustantimes.com