Guwahati: The Assam government’s move to promote 13 “erroneous” junior APS officers to Senior APS Class-II (Additional SP rank) has sparked strong reactions.
These APS officials have been accused of failing in the Civil Service Examination-2012 (CCE-2013) conducted by the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC).
According to the notification of the Assam Home Department dated November 11, a total of 36 officers in the lower grade of APS have been promoted to the higher grade of APS II (ASP grade) with immediate effect.
Among these 36 officers, the Justice (Retd) Biplab Kumar Sharma Commission, which probed the alleged irregularities in the CCE-2013, in its report accused 13 APS officers of examination misconduct, who have now been promoted as Additional SPs. APS upper class II).
These 13 ‘wrong’ officers of APS, promoted as ASP are – Kalyan Kumar Das, Kulapradeep Bhattacharya, Nitumani Das, Sukanya Das, Rumi Timugpi, Aoicharya Jibon Baruah, Rituraj Doley, Amit Raj Choudhury, Faruk Ahmed, Anal Jyoti Das. , Nabanita Sharma, Shahjahan Sarkar and Nandini Kakati.
The Assam government’s decision to promote “tainted” APS officers passed in 2013 has sparked widespread reactions on social media.
Many social media users have questioned why Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who speaks of a zero-tolerance policy against vaccination, is “rewarding” the 13 officers who ‘cheated’. ‘ instead of taking action.
“The commission of inquiry submitted its report in April this year. For more than seven months now, the Assam government is sitting on the report without any action against the ‘errant’ officers of APS,” said a Twitter user.
“The Assam government has intelligently ignored the inquiry report of the judicial commission,” said another user.
The Justice (retired) Biplab Kumar Sharma Commission, set up on the instructions of the Gauhati High Court, submitted its report in April this year on the flaws in the CCE-2013.
After the promotion order was issued on November 11, Manas Pratim Baruah, director of Twitter, Anti-Injustice Unit of APSC, reacted strongly and said that the hypocrisy of the government in the name of anti-corruption stance has come to light. revealed.
In May this year, the Assam government constituted a committee to decide on the action to be taken in connection with the inquiry report submitted by Justice (Retired) Biplab Kr Sarma regarding the conduct of Civil Service Examination-2012 (CCE-2013).
Although the report has not yet been officially announced, the results of the commission are said to have responded in detail to the mistakes made by many candidates who were said to have won, who were accused of cash.
The Assam government has constituted a five-member committee to examine the inquiry committee report related to the malpractice in CCE-2013 by APSC.
The committee has been asked to examine the report of the inquiry committee and recommend that all the results of CCE-2013 be set aside and if such recommendation is made, whether the candidates will be entitled to notice and subsequent hearings in accordance with the basic principles. of nature. justice.
The committee has been asked to submit its report within two months. However, it has not submitted its recommendations even after five months.
The APSC recruitment scam came to light in 2016 when several successful candidates including Assam Civil Service (ACS) and Assam Police Service (APS) who appeared in CCE, 2013 were accused of misconduct. with the help of then APSC chairman Rakesh Paul.
After the demonstration, police arrested 60 ACS & APS officers from CCE, 2013 batch.
After irregularities were discovered, 39 officers were also dismissed. While the suspended officers are out on bail, Rakesh Paul, who was arrested in 2016, remains behind bars.