DI MAPUR, JULY 11: Newly formed political party in Nagaland, the Rising People’s Party (RPP) has sought age relaxation for NPSC and NSSB aspirants on humanitarian grounds as competitive exams continue to remain suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a press release, RPP president Joel Naga and general secretary Amai Chingkhu maintained that while the COVID pandemic has thrown usual life out of gear, the State Government should ensure that no section of people is victimized.
According to RPP, the last NPSC exam was conducted in 2019 and examination for NPSC Combined Civil Services Examination and Combined Technical Services Examination for 2020 is yet to be conducted.
“While it is understood that examinations cannot be conducted at this point due to the prevailing Corona situation, the Party is of the firm opinion that age relaxation should be granted to aspiring candidates. For instance, if a candidate had had his last chance of appearance in 2020, his/her case should be considered and relaxation in age given if and when NPSC decides to conduct the exam”, the Party said, while requesting the State Cabinet to consider this relaxation case on humanitarian grounds.
The RPP also rued that some departmental exams were conducted in 2020 even after NSSB was set up. It recalled that a year back the Government had announced the setting up of SSB and subsequently the NSSB Regulations 2020 was formulated.
“It was therefore expected that the State Gwould desist from conducting departmental exams henceforth. Unfortunately, it has come to our notice that some of the Departments did conduct departmental exams in 2020 even after the NSSB was set up giving the excuse that the latter was yet to be operational”, it said.
The RPP also argued that if because of the pandemic NPSC exams in 2020 were cancelled, why were departmental exams conducted in the same year? It requested the State Chief Secretary to issue a clarification “since this is a very serious allegation”.
“The RPP expects NSSB operational issues to be sorted out by now and all departmental exams discontinued. The pain and frustration of the diligent and aspiring candidates – wanting to join the State bureaucracy – is very real and it is expected of the State Government to stop playing with the emotions of our students”, the party stated.
(Page News Service)