Graft charges foul up constable recruitment

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, June 29: Amid raging protests over alleged anomalies in the constable recruitment process, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said there is a “political motive” behind the attempt to thwart recruitment processes to show up the government in poor light.

“The government will continue all recruitment processes and no attempt to scuttle it in the State will be encouraged,” Gogoi said.

In a statement Chief Minister Gogoi said, “The government will carry on its present endeavour to fill up all existing vacancies and fairness will be ensured in the process”.

He further said, “If we stop recruitment, it will deprive thousands of youths of their vocations. If anybody has any substantial grievance regarding the recruitment procedure, recourse can be taken to grievance redressal instruments like RTI, rule of law etc”.

CMO sources said the government is scurrying to ensure that the constable recruitment drive doesn’t end up like it did in 2005-06.  Following large-scale anomalies in the previous recruitment, the aggrieved candidates had even moved the Supreme Court.

Gogoi is apparently wary that any such hitches in government recruitments might prove disadvantageous to the party which is already poised to face a tough challenge in next year’s assembly elections.

Meanwhile, Additiol Chief Secretary MGVK Bhanu, told a press conference today that the constable recruitment process will be “fool-proof”. “The government has given instructions that if any complaint is received, it should be looked into and clarified till the complaint is satisfied. No official will be spared in the event of any malpractice,” Bhanu said.

The government has announced vacancies for 6,748 posts of constables. In the viva examitions held yesterday, a total of 29,846 candidates had appeared. The fil merit list is expected to be announced within the next two weeks.

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