MPPSC bonus marks: Candidates threaten to boycott local body polls

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Nov 11, 2014 15:35 IST

Failing to get any firm assurance from officials, candidates opposing the State Public Service Commission's recent move to award 'bonus' marks for each 'wrong question', in the preliminary examination of 2013, warned that they would boycott upcoming the local body elections.

The protesting candidates, who staged a protest outside the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission’s (MPPSC) office in Indore on Monday warned that over four lakh candidates from across the state along with their family members will boycott local body elections if their grievances were not addressed soon.

The candidates had appeared for the MPPSC exam held on July 27, 2014, for filling nearly 800 post vacant posts in different government departments. Over four lakh candidates appeared in the examination.

On August 29, the commission had admitted errors in a dozen questions in the general studies paper and four questions in the general aptitude paper of preliminary examination and decided to award two bonus marks for each wrong question.

On Monday morning, amidst heavy police presence, nearly 200 candidates, who had appeared in the exam laid siege to the commission's Indore pressing the commission to either revoke its decision of awarding bonus marks or quash the exam and conduct fresh exams.

At noon, five students were allowed to meet MPPSC secretary Manohar Lal Dubey. However, after a 30-minute closed-door talk with the commission's top officials, candidates once again returned empty hand.

Speaking to HT, Anupam Pathak and Vishwanath Tiwari, who were part of the five-member team said that from today's meeting they once again got nothing but only false assurances from the commission officials.

Pathak said that in the meeting the commission accepted its fault, but he expressed his reluctance to take any decision individually. "In the meeting, the secretary told us that they could convene a commission's panel meeting within a week and would try to sought out the matter before November 30, keeping the future of every candidate in mind," he said.

Meanwhile, the agitating candidates said the commission's move will go against the interest of meritorious candidates and warned that they will take the matter to the court as well as the state governor and the central government in case the commission did not revoke their decision.

The candidates said that this was not the first time that the state public service commission was trying to hide its mistakes by awarding bonus marks to the candidates for wrong questions. They alleged that even in 2012, the commission had given 10 bonus marks against wrong questions.

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