‘Marks tampering, leaks, confusion’ — collection of controversies hits Maharashtra govt job exams


Mumbai: The difficulty of paper leaks and malpractices in numerous authorities recruitment exams in Maharashtra has rocked the continuing meeting session and led to a number of arrests. Nonetheless, whereas the state authorities and Opposition are pointing fingers at one another, it’s the college students who’re dealing with the brunt.

Over the previous few months, three authorities exams have brought about controversy for paper leaks and alleged tampering with marks.

These are the Maharashtra well being division recruitment exams for Teams C and D in October, the Instructor’s Eligibility Take a look at (TET) in November, and recruitment exams for the Maharashtra Housing and Space Improvement Authority (MHADA) in December.

The Pune cyber police are presently conducting an investigation into all three exams, and have up to now arrested 25 folks, together with Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) commissioner Tukaram Supe, and Sukhdev Dere, who was MSCE commissioner till 2017.

The police have additionally arrested the director and different staff of GA Software program Pvt Ltd, a agency that was contracted in 2021 with conducting the TET and MHADA exams.

GA Software program had earlier been blacklisted by the previous Devendra Fadnavis authorities within the state, however was given the all clear this yr by Tukaram Supe. The BJP is now demanding a CBI inquiry into this matter, however is getting pushback from the state authorities.

Whereas the controversy continues over the irregularities within the exams, candidates imagine their future hangs within the stability.

“Some college students say the exams needs to be cancelled after the paper leak, whereas others say that we studied so laborious however we could not have the ability to sail by way of a re-examination,” Santosh Magar, president of the Diploma in Instructor Schooling (DTED) college students’ affiliation, advised ThePrint.

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The political blame-game

Maharashtra Chief of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis stated this week that he believed the irregularities within the recruitment exams might be traced all the way in which to the Mantralaya (the federal government’s seat of energy).

“If connections to the recruitment rip-off attain the Mantralaya, then the state police won’t be able to remain neutral in its investigations, which is why we’re demanding a CBI inquiry,” Fadnavis stated to reporters on the sidelines of the winter session of the Maharashtra meeting.

Nonetheless, the state authorities has countered that there isn’t a want for a CBI inquiry, and has claimed that the irregularities can really be traced again to when BJP chief Fadnavis was chief minister.

It has pointed fingers on the now defunct MahaPariksha portal, which was launched underneath the Fadnavis authorities in 2016 for on-line exams. This portal was additionally the topic of controversies over irregularities that led to scholar protests final yr, after which it was scrapped.

The state authorities has additionally stated it’s taking mandatory actions to cope with the irregularities within the recruitment exams this yr.

“The federal government is wanting into the paper leak challenge in recruitment exams and has determined to blacklist all these firms,” cupboard minister Nawab Malik advised reporters Tuesday. He insinuated that the Fadnavis authorities was liable for recruiting the non-public firms who’ve been conducting the exams, and likewise drew parallels between the Maharashtra examination rip-off and the Vyapam rip-off in Madhya Pradesh, the place aspirants allegedly bribed their means into jobs and faculty seats. The BJP has denied such accusations.

College students bear the brunt

Lakhs of scholars are reeling within the wake of cancelled or compromised exams. As just lately as 12 December, state housing minister Jitendra Awhad introduced on his Twitter at 1.24 am that the MHADA examination, which was to be performed that morning, stood cancelled as a result of proof of the paper being leaked.

College students replying to him instantly on Twitter expressed their anger as they’d travelled lengthy distances from their hometowns to succeed in examination centres. A bus strike on the identical day added to their woes.

The Maharashtra well being division recruitment exams for Teams C and D have been additionally riddled with controversies.

The exams, which have been initially as a result of be held in September, have been ultimately performed on 24 and 31 October because the non-public firm in cost had not allegedly made sufficient preparations on time. Nonetheless, when the exams have been lastly performed, there have been evident malpractices in play, college students alleged. Safety on the examination centres was stated to be weak and the paper was allegedly leaked too.

Tanaji Telange, a Nanded resident who appeared for Group C well being division exams, advised ThePrint that he received two corridor tickets. “I used to be very confused seeing two corridor tickets. Even worse, I received these tickets the earlier night time at 10 pm. Such was the confusion. When we have now the MPSC [Maharashtra Public Service Commission], then what’s the want for such non-public firms anyway?” he requested.

Mangesh Deshmukh, an aspirant for the well being division and MHADA exams, additionally stated that personal firms have been mismanaging exams.

“I’ve given MPSC exams… in these there are police who oversee the safety. Right here I couldn’t discover anybody. No person requested my identification as nicely. The worry was anybody might have gone in anyone’s place to present exams,” he stated.

Sanjay Chavan, 30, advised ThePrint that he had devoted two years of his life learning repeatedly for presidency recruitment exams.

A resident of a village 150km from the closest metropolis, Aurangabad, he has been residing a hand-to-mouth existence. His farmer household is combating loans and he isn’t incomes both. To pay for his library subscription and books, Sanjay too takes loans from buddies. His hopes have been excessive when he went to take the TET in November, even when it meant paying Rs 2,000 to succeed in the examination centre in Aurangabad.

He advised ThePrint he was crushed when it was declared that the paper was leaked and the outcomes may not stand. “It will get very miserable. I get offended. What did I examine for? I’ve goals of getting right into a authorities job. Now I’m rising previous, and may’t get into any non-public job,” he stated.

(Edited by Asavari Singh)

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