Now APSC Seeks Outsiders for Jobs!

Protests erupt over APSC allowing applicants from other States to sit for written exam to recruit assistant engineers in State PWD

After a brief lull, the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) has once again caught the headlines for the wrong reason. As if allegations for taking bribes to give government jobs are not enough, the State's public recruiter is facing flak for alleged attempts to give jobs to outsiders by depriving local aspirants.

Hundreds of unemployed youths on Tuesday staged demonstration outside the APSC head office at Khanapara here in protest against its alleged attempt to deprive local youths from getting jobs of assistant engineers (civil) in Public Work Department (PWD). They alleged that the APSC has accepted applications of youths from other States such as Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for posts of assistant engineers in State PWD and legitimized their appearance for written examinations scheduled on October 22.

"The list of candidates eligible to appear for the October 22 written exam recently published by the APSC includes the names of a large chunk of youths from outside Assam. This is a clear attempt to appoint youths from outside the State while depriving local aspirants. We are surprised as to how could the APSC allow outsider youths to be candidates for posts in a department (PWD) whose activities remain confined to Assam," an unemployed engineer who joined today's protest in front of APSC office said, adding that considering the gravity of unemployment problem in the State, the APSC should have kept the posts of assistant engineers completely reserved for local youths.

The list of candidates eligible to appear for the October 22 written exam recently published by the APSC includes the names of a large chunk of youths from outside Assam

The protestors on Tuesday also submitted a memorandum to the present Chairman of APSC demanding immediate issue of a fresh list of candidates who are permanent residents of Assam for the October 22 written test. The memorandum also demanded that the APSC must make a new regulation restricting candidates from outside the State to appear for examinations for any post in any department of Assam Government.
APSC headquarters in Guwahati
Image: APSC headquarters in Guwahati


The protestors, thorough their memorandum, further asked the APSC to follow its counterparts in Maharastra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Bengal and even neighbouring Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Tripura which have created provisions to safeguard the interests of local youths of the respective States in recruitment in government departments.

Official sources, however, said the APSC cannot be made directly responsible for the development. The APSC is simply an agency to conduct examinations for various posts in different government departments. The terms and conditions for recruitment are fixed by respective departments. Sources said the APSC had published the advertisement for recruitment for posts of assistant engineers (civil) in PWD as per the instruction of the PWD. Candidates from outside the State applied for the posts since the advertisement went online. 

Meanwhile, the influential All Assam Students Union (AASU) has joined the issue and warned that it will not tolerate any move to deprive local youths in appointments for the posts of assistant engineers in State PWD.

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