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Govt shunts out APSSB officers, 2 arrested in OMR sheet issue ; The guilty won t be spared: CM


A day after angry Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) LDC/JSA aspirants took out a protest rally against the APSSB alleging inconsistency and malpractice, Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar in an order today shunted out APSSB chairman A C Verma, Member G S Meena, Secretary S K Jain, Joint Secretary Tamune Miso, Under Secretary Kapter Ringu relieving them of their duties with immediate effect .

The order signed by the Chief Secretary also directed Kapter Ringu to report secretary (personnel) for further posting.

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar will be holding the charge of Chairman APSSB and Onit Panyang, IAS, as Member APSSB, including Secretary for Cooperation, Parliamentary Affairs.

Special Secretary Education Santosh Kr Rai, IAS, has been appointed as Secretary APSSB while Joint Secretary to the Governor Mamta Riba, APCS has been appointed as Joint Secretary of APSSB.

Under Secretary Home, Vigilance, Administrator (Apex Bank) Habung Lampung, APCS, has been appointed as Under Secretary APSSB.

The transfer and posting comes after the board came under fire due to its alleged malpractice in the recently conducted exam for LDC and JSA.

A Special Investigation Cell (SIC) probe has also arrested 2 persons in this connection. The SIC report said it has arrested Senia Bagang and Mongam Basar based on the evidence collected in the case. Basar had acted in connivance with the officials of APSSB to manipulate the exam, it added.

The under secretary APSSB Kapter Ringu is evading the SIC teams and has not joined the investigation. The court of ADSJ Yupia has issued non-bailable warrant against Ringu, the statement said.

SP Harsha Vardhan who is leading the SIC team stated that efforts are being made to unearth the conspiracy and action as per law will be taken at the earliest.

Earlier, Chief Minister Pema Khandu attending a state level workshop on leadership incubation through Panchayati Raj System said a special investigation cell (SIC) is probing the alleged irregularities in the examination conducted by the APSSB.

Khandu said those involved in the APSSB fiasco will not be spared and the guilty will be punished.

"Within a day of investigation, the SIC has got several leads and I assure the people that soon the guilty will be in the dragnet of law," he said.

Speaking at a function here, Khandu said, "For the last three years I have been repeating ... that corruption in any form will not be tolerated and those found guilty, irrespective of power and position, will not be spared. I am surprised that despite repeated warnings people still have the courage to do corruption."

The chief minister said the APSSB was constituted to provide transparent, fair and equal playing ground for the unemployed youths of the state to join government jobs at the lower levels.

He said the APSSB was his vision to root out corruption in recruitment of lower-level jobs, which was prevalent when recruitments were done by the departments.

"It breaks my heart to see my vision being shattered by a few individuals. I reiterate anybody found involved, will be not spared," he reiterated.

Khandu appealed to government officials to stick to rules and discharge their duties in a fair, transparent and impartial manner.

He regretted that despite wholehearted efforts ''leakages'' are still happening in the system and urged the government employees to change the system from within.

Khandu said his government got an absolute mandate in the last Assembly election as the people have confidence and trust on his government.

"In return of the confidence, people have lots of expectations from us. I will not think twice to take action against those found tinkering with people s expectations," Khandu added.

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) had also served a seven days ultimatum to the state government for immediate arrest of all those culprits involved in APSSB fiasco.

Addressing media persons at press club, AAPSU General Secretary Tabom Dai said, the union strongly condemns such anomalies happening in APSSB whereas APSSB was one of the historic decisions taken by the state government for requiting genuine talents of the state and it is sad to know that such unfortunate incident happening in such agency in its early stage.

The union demand immediate removable of all the staffs of the board from top to bottom and constitute new committee for better work in near future.

Dai threatened for a state-wide bandh call if its demand was not met.

The APSSB came under public criticism after purported optical mark recognition (OMR) sheet went viral on social media, soon after the results of the examination for lower divisional clerk (LDC), junior secretariat assistant (JSA) and other posts were published on its website on February 14.

Several candidates who appeared in the examination on Monday launched a protest march here, demanding immediate suspension of APSSB chairman V C Verma and controller of examinations S K Jain for their alleged failure to conduct the exams properly.

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