YC demands cancellation of PSC examination

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM DEC. 24. The Youth Congress has demanded the cancellation of the tests conducted by the Kerala Public Service Commission (PSC) for the selection of Lower Division Clerks to the various departments of the State Government.

K.P. Anil Kumar, State president of the Youth Congress, at a press conference here today, also demanded the resignation of the chairman of the Commission, owning responsibility for the examination muddle. He said the PSC chairman should face a comprehensive inquiry.

He said the selection process that was in vogue for the past half a century had been derailed and certain reforms had been introduced in the PSC. The chairman alone was responsible for sabotaging the system that hitherto existed, through special orders, he said. In the matter of setting of question papers and evaluation of answer books, the chairman had been resorting to certain new systems, which had in turn resulted in the messing up the entire examination process, Mr.Anil Kumar alleged.

Leakage of question papers and other malpractices in the conduct of the tests had been reported not only from Kollam but from other districts as well. Therefore it would only be in the interests of common justice that the tests for selection of clerks to various departments be held afresh, he added.

The Youth Congress leader criticised the leaders of the Opposition political parties, "who have been reacting even at the drop of a hat", for remaining silent on an issue which affected lakhs of unemployed youth in the State.

Mr. Anil Kumar also warned of a series of agitations if the issue was not resolved forthwith.

The Youth Congress would take out marches to the PSC offices in all districts on December 29.

Further, a memorandum signed by one lakh people, demanding the ouster of the chairman of the PSC, will be submitted to the President of India, he said.

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