MPSC states stand on conducting main exam afresh

CHRONICLE BUREAU
IMPHAL, 26th Aug: Amid growing calls to withhold MCSCC (Main) examination 2016, Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC) has issued a press release explaining why it decided to hold the main examination afresh to avoid legal complicacies.
While terming it unfortunate that the Commission has been misunderstood by few people, MPSC said that its press release is being issued to inform the general public on “what we did, why we did and what we intend to do in future.”
Stating that it want nothing less than a free and fair selection of the most deserving candidates, MPSC asserted, “Rest be assured, other than the merit, we would not allow the results to be influenced by any other factor. The MPSC would not rest till we ensure fairness in all examinations and all responsibilities entrusted to us. In times like this, through fairness and compassion, we will keep our promise to our people for total fairness using all available modern tools.”
To substantiate its decision on conducting the main examination, MPSC recalled, “It may be informed that the MCSCC (main) Examination, 2016 has been quashed by the High Court of Manipur vide its order dated 18/10/2019…with the direction to the MPPSC to conduct the said examination afresh. CBI was directed to investigate into the MCSCC Examination, 2016. MPSC had filed an SLP to the Supreme Court challenging the said order. However, the Supreme Court had declined to grant relief to MPSC and had directed MPSC to hold the main examination as early as possible implying that the examination is only for those 1130 candidates who were selected in the MCSCC (Preliminary) Examination, 2016.”
It continued, “The CBI has started their enquiry with seizures of required documents and materials from MPSC with active cooperation of our officers/staff. CBI enquiry is still on but the Supreme Court order has delinked the holding of examination from the enquiry. MPSC has been trying to finalize the scheme of examination and syllabus with the Govt of Manipur which culminated on 28/05/2020 with the State Govt informing MPSC to continue with the previous scheme and syllabus. Meanwhile, MPSC has taken up measures to improve fairness and transparency while incorporating all the directives of the High Court. New technologies like On-Screen Evaluation System, Bar Coding of Answer Papers, etc., are now added for future examinations. We now have a Controller of Examinations and Joint Controller of Examinations from MCS Cadre who are working solely on conduct of examinations and examination related reforms.
“The COVIID-19 pandemic has put a halt on conduct of examinations by MPSC for some time but we were also aware that the MCSCC (Main) Examination 2016 has to be conducted afresh at the earliest in order to avoid legal complicacies. Recently, the Supreme Court has given decisions in favour of holding of various examinations like National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Besides, UPSC & SCC are now going to conduct examinations all over India including Manipur. The National Defence Academy & Naval Academy Entrance Examination 2020 will be conducted on September 6, 2020.
“We have also considered how other Public Bodies are conducting examinations in the COVID-19 environment. We are also aware that 9 months have lapsed since the Supreme Court’s order. A full Commission meeting held on August 14, 2020 deliberated and took a conscious decision on holding the examination in October—November, 2020 to avoid legal complicacies and also in the interest of the State and the aspirants…We have also adopted applicable SOPs for COVID-19 prevention as part of our protocols to be observed while conducting examinations.
“However, there appears to be some misgivings with regards to the ability of the MPSC to hold examinations in free and fair manner. We MPSC would like to mention that the MCSCC ((Main) Examination, 2016 should not be the sole yardstick to judge our ability to conduct examinations since 2016 with no major turbulence including examinations for recruitment of Medical Officers, Dental Surgeons, Engineers, etc., for the State which proves by itself the ability and competency of the MPSC in conducting recruitment examinations for the State.”
“MPSC would like to place before the public and the candidates who are to appear in the MCSCC (Main) Examination, 2016 to be held afresh that we will be conducting a fair and transparent examination. We will not stop till total fairness is ensured in all our actions including recruitment examinations. MPSC will ensure fairness and level playing field for every candidate in every recruitment,” added the release issued by MPSC secretary Ng Robe Singh.


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