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Accused of caste bias, UPPSC won’t declare successful aspirants’ names

“It is an internal matter of the Commission. I don’t understand why the media should show such interest in this...We are working hard and honestly to get the examinations conducted within time and as per fair rules” — Rizwan-ur-Rehman, Secretary, UPPSC

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The Commission has been marred by controversies — the most recent being the paper leak of PCS preliminary examination. (Source: Express Archive)

The problem-ridden Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has decided not to mention the names of candidates in the declared results for various competitive examinations it holds. The move comes in the backdrop of allegations from the students and the aspirants that the Commission had been favouring people from a certain caste in various recruitment exercises, ever since sitting chairman Anil Yadav took over.

The Commission officials, however, maintained that it was an “internal matter” and there was no reason to conclude that the PSC was not doing its duty in a fair manner.

As per reliable information, the Commission, in an extra-ordinary meeting in the third week of April, decided that the results will now mention only the registration or roll numbers of the successful candidates. Earlier, the final results of all examinations, including that of the most prestigious Provincial Civil Services (PCS) examinations, used to mention the names of the successful candidates as well as those of the unsuccessful ones. The same, however, was not done in the preliminary or mains examinations’ stage, as the number of successful candidates used to be too high.

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Asked about the decision, UPPSC secretary Rizwan-ur-Rehman said: “It is an internal matter of the Commission. I don’t understand why the media should show such interest in this”.

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Rehman further added that the Commission was carrying out its responsibility with diligence and honesty. “We are working hard and honestly to get the examinations conducted within time and as per fair rules. There are some students/ aspirants trying to play politics by levelling such allegations. They are giving half-baked information to the public and misleading them”, he said.

A large section of aspirants have been agitating against the Commission “for trying to secretly and unfairly select people from a particular caste in various recruitment examinations”, particularly the PCS examinations. More than a couple of PILs have been filed before the Allahabad High Court demanding removal of the commission chairman Anil Yadav.

There is also a demand for cancelling of the second PCS-Pre (2015) paper, which was held on March 29. One of the papers was leaked and, subsequently, cancelled. Three persons were arrested in Lucknow for masterminding the alleged leak. The commission, however, remained steadfast on not cancelling the second paper even as claims have been made that it, too, was leaked.

Ever since Anil Yadav was appointed as its chairman, the UPPSC has been involved in one or the other controversy. One of the first major controversies was giving reservation at three levels to the members of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) allegedly to include more people from Yadav community. This involved giving reservation benefit to the members of the OBC at prelims level, the mains level and then at the interview level. The ground for such reservation that those members of the OBC category, who have got equal or better marks than the general category aspirants, were put into the general category and the place vacated was filled by other OBC candidates.

Avanish Pandey, media convenor, Pratiyogi Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti, which has filed a PIL demanding removal of the chairman, said: “If the intention of the Commission was clean, why did it not make the decision public. Why was it kept a secret?”

Pandey added that the Commission has taken more than a couple of steps in the past couple of years, which were aimed at increasing the secrecy around the results. “Earlier, we could find out the results of the other aspirants also. But now, an aspirant can access his own result only through a password sent on his mobile phone. We believe that this is to hide the anomalies being carried out in deciding the results. We have already approached the Allahabad High Court on these issues,” he said.

The Commission has also been stone-walling applications filed under the Right to Information Act, he added.