I am a journalist, working as Balangir correspondent of the English daily "The Pioneer" and “The Industry and Mines Observer”, an English fortnightly magazine published from Bhubneshwar. I was awarded the Trophy for "Excellence in Journalism" by noted Columnist Sri Shivaji Sarkar,in the presence of Editor in Chief -of The Pioneer,Dr Chandan Mitra ,Editor of The Industry and Mines Observer (IMO) Sri Sirish Mohanty on June19,2012.
Friday, March 27, 2015
CANCEL BALANGIR RI, AMIN EXAMINATIONS: ACTIVIST Saturday, 28 March 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
CANCEL BALANGIR RI, AMIN EXAMINATIONS: ACTIVIST
Saturday, 28 March 2015 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The recruitment held for RIs and Amins post in 2013 in Balangir district should be cancelled in view of gross irregularities in the examination process and tampering of marks in answer sheets, which has been pointed out by a Vigilance inquiry report, and a fresh examination should be held. This was demanded by RTI activist Nilamani Joshi speaking to mediapersons here on Friday.
After the arrest of former Balangir Collector Debraj Mishra, who has since been released after getting bail from the High Court, other officials also allegedly involved in connection with the recruitment scam are still at large, Joshi said.
A total of 16 persons, including the former Collector, four OAS officers and 10 clerks are involved in the scam. “I demand arrest of clerk Niranjan Tripathy, the main accused,” Joshi said.
Joshi disapproved the reported statement of a Vigilance official that they are unable to arrest the clerk as they do not have a photograph of his. Joshi waived a large flex photograph of that accused to mediapersons, saying let the Vigilance authorities take note of it and keep reward on his head and arrest him.
According to a reported recent development, examination papers were sent to handwriting experts to assess whether tampering in the answer sheets was done.
“In November 2014, we had asked the bio-data details of 169 candidates selected in the examinations, and the district Collector directed the Deputy Collector to provide necessary information within three days. However meanwhile, more than three months have elapsed and we are yet to get the information,” said RTI activist Hemant Panda to mediapersons.
“The district administration is not interested to take steps against those involved in the scam as it is not providing proper information to applicants under the Right to Information Act,” Panda remarked.