TAMIL NADU

AIADMK, PMK seek probe into selection of candidates

Pondicherry Dec 4. The AIADMK and PMK today urged the Pondicherry Government to order an enquiry into the allegation of irregularities in the selection of candidates for the post of the Attendants in the Department of Animal Husbandry and Animal Welfare and hold fresh examination to select candidates.

The AIADMK MLA, A. Anabalagan talking to presspersons here alleged that there were several irregularities in selection procedure. For 33 posts around 3900 candidates were called for written test. The usual ratio of twenty per vacancy should have been adopted.

Political leaders and the close relatives of some officials had been favoured by the government, he alleged. A full fledged probe was necessary which would unveil all the irregularities. He also said that the Administration should also hold a fresh test to ensure that the Government was providing a fair and honest administrastion.

Over 3000 candidates appeared for the written test held on Sunday last.

The State PMK Organising Secretary, N. G. Pannerselvam in a statement called upon the Administration to revoke the result now released, selecting 33 candidates for the post as there had been several `irregularities' in the selection. He alleged that right from the beginning the administration had adopted unlawful modalities, affecting the chances of genuine persons in getting the job.

Mr. Panneerselvam said the post of Attendants came under Group `D' wing. The actual procedure the department should have adopted was to hold oral interview without resorting to written test. This was the procedure the Centrally Administered JIPMER adopted while selecting `safaiwalas' recently. The attendants' nature of work was to handle the cattle and only those hailing from rural areas would be able to do the work and particularly those belonging to the farmers family would be fit for the post.

Cong. office attacked

As soon as the results of the examination were released on Tuesday, a group of unsuccessful candidates ransacked the Congress office in Karaikal and according to reports reaching here, the portraits of the party leader, Sonia Gandhi and of Rajiv Gandhi were damaged. A three-member team of Pondicherry PCC today rushed to Karaikal to enquire into the incident, K. Pandian, Youth Congress president told presspersons here today.

Mr. Panneerselvam said that the posts should have been available regionwise to the candidates.

The fact that the portraits of Rajiv Gandhi and Ms. Sonia Gandhi had been smashed in the attack on the Congress office in Karaikal confirmed that the selection was not fair and just.

A good chunk of the selected candidates hailed from urban pockets. They included three women candidates also. Inspite of the fact that there were 13 vacancies in the post in Karaikal only three candidates had been selected. Mr. Panneerselvam said that all the 13 posts should have been filled and candidates from that region should have been selected.

He alleged that the candidates were informed prior to the written test that they would have a viva voce test also for which 15 marks was allocated. Without holding this part of the selection the result was finalised, he alleged.

The selection violated the prescribed procedural rules fixed for posting of hands. The valuation of answer sheets was also not properly done, the PMK leader alleged.

He wanted a judicial probe into the whole modalities adopted from the initial stage upto finalisation of the result. Hence the result now published should be rescinded and a fresh oral test giving opportunities for the rural based youth should be conducted, he contended.

Official sources told The Hindu on Tuesday that the prescribed rules covering the whole process of selection including earmarking posting under the statutory reservation had been adopted and nothing was left wanting. The selected candidates were asked to turn up for verification of their certificates and no oral interview was contemplated.

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