The Minister in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Mr. R.M. Hajarnavis, on September 18 justified the holding of personality tests for candidates recruited for higher Governmental posts by the UPSC. On the question of fixing percentage of marks for the personality tests, however, he said: “It is possible to contend that 400 marks is too large a percentage.” The Minister was replying to a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the twelfth annual report of the Union Public Service Commission. During the debate several members were critical of the high percentage of marks fixed for the personality tests while some wanted it to be scrapped. The Minister also agreed to forward to the UPSC the suggestions of Mr. A.D. Mani and Mr. Kureel that in case the candidates could not express themselves properly in English they should be put questions in Hindi or the regional languages.
Elephants move out
Herds of elephants, unable to find water to quench their thirst, are reported to be moving in groups from their abode in the bill ranges of Kollegal in the direction of villages in search of water. Kollegal taluk in Mysore District is in the grip of water famine as rains have failed in the region for the past three years. Since rainfall this year had been only six inches, all sources of water supply have dried up. All the big tanks in this taluk, besides the Suvarnavathi river which is the source of water supply in the region, have dried up.
Correction of delinquent
Mr. M. Bhaktavatsalam, Minister for Education, suggested in Vellore on September 18 that interesting and instructive stories told on Harikatha Kalakshepam lines would help effectively to convert juvenile delinquents. Society had a special responsibility to see that under-privileged children were brought up in good environs, he added. The Minister was presiding over the inauguration of the recreation section of the Welfare Extension Project run under the auspices of local Bharat Sevak Samaj. Mrs. Ambujammal, Chairman, State Social Welfare Board, emphasised the constructive role of social organisations in improving living standards of the down-trodden.