[ Nellie N Manpoong ]
NAHARLAGUN, Jun 24: Candidates who had appeared for the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive (Mains) Examination (APPSCCE) last year are saying the delay in passing of the judgment on the APPSCCE is affecting all the candidates and not only those who had appeared for the mains.
Speaking to reporters after the judge heard their plea and the counter arguments of the counsel representing the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC), a candidate who had appeared for the mains held in 2018 said, “We followed the prescribed norms and rules of the commission and gave our exams.
Stalling the exam and the recruitment process now is hampering all the candidates.”
“The commission has acknowledged the errors and said compensatory marks were awarded for the errors. We do not want the exam to be scrapped entirely. We are lying stagnant here and the government also requires officers,” he said, and expressed hope that the judge would use his discretionary powers and understanding to give an outcome favourable to all.
The judge at the Itanagar permanent bench of the Gauhati High Court here heard the plea of the mains appeared candidates on Friday and Monday. The hearing is expected to continue on Tuesday.
Earlier, on Thursday and Friday, the counsel representing the 221 candidates of various subjects had briefed the judge on the case, and highlighted the alleged anomalies.
On Monday, the judge heard the counter arguments of the APPSC counsel.
The cases concerning the commerce candidates and candidates who had cleared the prelims are yet to be heard.
The first preliminary of the APPSCCE was held on 26 November, 2017. The second preliminary was held on 29 July, 2018. The mains were held on 10 November, 2018, amid protests by candidates who had passed the prelims.
The results of the mains have been put on hold as the matter is sub judice in the court.
It is to be noted that the divisional bench of the HC had also put an interim stay on the formation of the subject experts’ committee to be headed by the Rajiv Gandhi University vice chancellor.