Even as the state has been rocked by the sensational arrest in the last couple of days of as many as 21 officers of the Assam Civil Service (ACS) and Assam Police Service (APS) of the 2013 batch through fraudulent means, state chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Friday cautioned students and youth against adopting unfair means to achieve success in life.
“There is no short cut to success and you must put your best efforts to be successful in life,” Sonowal said, asking students and youth to take the UPSC and other all-India competitive examinations in large numbers for the betterment of the state. He was speaking at a function after distributing checques worth RS 1.25 lakh each to 55 candidates from the state who had recently cleared the UPSC Preliminary examinations.
Expressing displeasure that a number of candidates had entered the state services through fraudulent means and had to face arrest, Sonowal said his government wss committed to provide better opportunities to the youth for achieving greater success in life. “That is why we have increased the scholarship to those clearing the UPSC Prelims from RS 50,000 each to Rs 1.25 lakh from this year,” he said.
The state government would provide conducive academic environment for students to prepare for various all-India competitive examination, and coaching programmes in colleges would be conducted all throughout the year, he said. “The government’s move has already encouraged more students from Assam to take the UPSC examinations,” he said.