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Undue delay in NWFP Public Service Commission exam result triggers rumours

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Undue delay in NWFP Public Service Commission exam result triggers rumours

PESHAWAR: The undue delay in declaration of result of the provincial management service examination 2008 has caused serious concern to the candidates amid rumours that the list of successful candidates is being tampered with for accommodating relatives of influential people.

The authorities of the provincial Public Service Commission (PSC), however, rejected the rumour as baseless. “It is due to the unprecedented large number of candidates, increased tally of papers and lack of resources that the result has been delayed. But hopefully it would be announced in the mid of August next,” said Mir Kalam Shah, director examination of NWFP Public Service Commission, when reached by telephone for comments.

The candidates, on the other hand, are of the opinion that eight months had passed after their examination, held in December 2008, but they were still waiting for the result. A candidate, who is already serving in the provincial civil secretariat in a lower grade, said that because of the delay in the result, most of the candidates could not join any other job and thus their precious time was being wasted. He feared that the result was being tampered with, which is why it was long delayed.

“We have a political government in place these days, which is always interested in accommodating its party workers and relatives against important posts. They would certainly alter the result that is supposed to be ready, but delayed for unknown reasons,” he said wishing not to be named.

A female candidate said on condition of anonymity that incumbent rulers were the most interested in the transfers and postings of constables and primary schoolteachers instead of paying any attention to the important tasks.

There were also some allegations at the time when the examination was in progress that a nephew of NWFP Assembly Speaker Kiramatullah Chagharmati was appearing in the examination and he was allegedly doing his papers outside the hall at Peshawar Public School (PPS), Warsak Road.

A complainant had told this correspondent that when the issue was brought to the notice of the authorities of the Public Service Commission, they shifted the hall from that school to some other place.

This reporter then contacted all the members of the commission and the controller examination, who had rejected the allegation, saying that the hall had not been changed for the reason that the nephew of the speaker was appearing there. But after the compulsory papers, very little number of candidates were left due to which they had reduced the number of halls from 24 to 18, a senior officer of the commission had told The News.

Another candidate sent an email to The News saying that there might be some solid reasons for the undue delay in the result. “There seems to be some very big conspiracy to make changes in the list of the successful candidates. It appears that the deserving students are being replaced by undeserving sons, daughters and nephews of the people in authority,” stated the email.

PSC Director Examination Mir Kalam Shah, however, put the issue the other way. He said that a total of 18,000 candidates had applied for the examination of whom 4,150 appeared in it. They took around 50,000 papers in 69 subjects. “Checking such a large number of papers is not an easy job. We have hired 69 teachers for the purpose and they have checked the papers,” he said.

Mir Kalam said that a lot of mistakes were found during counterchecking of the papers in the commission office, which are being resent to the examiners for doing away with the flaws. He said that they were doing their best to compile result in the shortest possible time, but the lack of resources, manpower and facilities was a big hurdle in their way. “We have a few people in the secrecy with limited resources, who are doing all this. It would then certainly take time,” he argued.

Regarding the allegation of tampering with the successful candidates’ list, he said it is the commission, not an ordinary place, where such practice is unthinkable. “Here everything is done hundred per cent on merit,” he claimed.