Shillong,Aug.21: Council of Indigenous Citizens (CIC) has alleged the District Selection Committee (DSC) of West Khasi Hills for setting up question papers equivalent to competitive examinations like IAS and MCS for the Gramsevak post in the district.
This came following complaints were received by the CIC from majority of the candidates appearing for the examination conducted by the DSC for the posts of Gramsevak on August 19.
In a statement issued here, CIC president Tonnington Tyrsa said, “On trying to verify the complaints, it was found that the question papers set for the Gramsevak post were those given to candidates appearing for IAS, MCS, SSC, Bihar TET and UPSC which are of national standard. It seems that these question papers were just downloaded from the internet and were given to the Gramsevak candidates.”
The candidates who are eligible to apply for the said post are class X pass and in view of the unemployment problem in the state, candidates who are graduates and post graduates have also applied for the post, he said.
According to him, the incident has come as a big shock to the candidates and also their families, who have expressed with bitter grief on the manner in which the examination was conducted by the DSC.
Stating that the literacy rate of the district as per 2011 census was at 77.87 per cent, he however said, “If the education standard of the district is only this level, it will be more pitiful for those candidates who have appeared for exams especially those coming from poor family background who have no chance of going for further studies.”
He also said in fact that role of a Gramsevak is to work in rural areas to teach people about agriculture, health and others.
“But the question papers set by the DSC is not even related to this post which is quite unfortunate,” he said.
The CIC meanwhile demanded the state government to have experts in all such committees like the DSC to ensure that such problem is addressed.