Clerk candidates protest irregularities in selection

Bolangir: Hundreds of candidates for the selection of junior clerks today held demonstrations in front of the collectorate here to protest against large- scale irregularities in the selection test. The candidates alleged that several staff of the collectorate were involved in the irregularities.

The selection test for the recruitment of 80 junior clerks was conducted on May 18, 2011 and the result was announced recently. The candidates alleged that large scale irregularities were conducted in fixing the cut off marks and in evaluation of answer sheets and also in entry of dates of birth of candidates to favour relatives of several staff of the collectorate. There were over 3,500 applicants for appointment of 80 junior clerks.

The candidates complained that relatives of several successful candidates were on invigilation duty in the examination halls in complete violation of the government rules. There were irregularities in viva-voice tests as well, the agitating candidates complained. One 70 percent physically challenged candidate Shukla Nanda who scored 102 marks in the written test was not sent the intimation for the viva-voice test though another candidate 40 per cent physically candidate who scored equal marks in the written test was invited for the viva-voice.

The candidates also alleged that answer sheets of the computer tests were available in the public and marks have been tampered in the answer sheets. The deputy collector in-charge of the conduct of examination, Pradip Kumar Nayak even admitted of the irregularities. However, the district administration denied that it had received any complaints in this connection.