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Incidents of paper dropping in competitive exams and rigging in recruits are robbing young people of their dreams

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Due to the leak of police constable recruitment paper and rising unemployment in Uttar Pradesh, the anger of the youth is on the seventh heaven. Young people are often seen struggling on the streets due to incidents of irregularities and rigging in the recruitment exams, while the long wait for recruitment also casts a shadow over their future.

Students protested in front of the Public Service Commission in Allahabad. (File photo courtesy: Twitter/@Abhijeetdabangg)

New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh, the country’s largest state, is currently ruled by Yogi Adityanath of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). This is the second term of this government and the anger of the youth is on the seventh heaven because of paper leaking and unemployment in the state.

Due to irregularities and rigging in the recruitment papers, the youth of the state are often seen struggling on the streets, while on the other hand, the long wait for recruitment also pushes their future into darkness.

In this Government Recruitment Scam episode of The Wire, we highlight some of the most notorious paper leaks and recruitment scams in Uttar Pradesh.

Previous Years Competitive Exams Paper Leaks and Action Taken on the same

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Pepper leak is ‘organized crime’ in Uttar Pradesh. Those running the racket of copying and paper leaks are booked under the National Security Act. A special task force is investigating it.

Last year the Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission had drafted a law to prevent leaking of question papers related to competitive and academic examinations and to curb paper-solving gangs. The proposed law provides for 14 years imprisonment and a fine of up to 25 lakh rupees.

In addition, the state has two anti-copying laws. First, the Uttar Pradesh Public Examination (Prevention of Unfairness) Act, 1992 and the Uttar Pradesh Public Examination (Prevention of Unfairness) Act, 1998. These rules only provided for symbolic punishment considering the young age of the minor candidates.

Scam recruiting 20,000 teachers

Sixty nine (69) thousand teacher recruitment scam is also known as ‘Vyapam Scam’ of UP. Ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, on 1 December 2018, the state government had announced the recruitment of 69,000 teachers for the post of Assistant Professor, for which the examination was held on 6 January 2019. When the results were announced in May 2019, candidates found that there were a number of inconsistencies in the way reservations were given.

The candidates claimed that against the 18,500 seats that were to be allotted to candidates from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and OBC categories, only 2,637 seats were allotted to the reserved category. back.

The candidates claimed that 15863 seats mainly in reserved categories were allotted to general category candidates. Similar claims were made about seats reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) category candidates. The examiners said that Scheduled Caste candidates were given only 16% reservation instead of the mandatory 22.5%.

When the matter came to the National Commission for Other Backward Classes, after scrutiny, the Commission found that there was an inconsistency in the retention method adopted for the audit. Following the commission’s report, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took notice of the matter in April 2021 and ordered redressal of the grievances. However, by then it was time for the state assembly elections (2022) and the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into effect, which halted the recruitment process.

According to media reports, till June 2020, UP Police had arrested 10 people in this alleged scam. At that time, the police had seized 22 lakh rupees and two luxury cars from the accused. The key accused was identified as former Zilla Panchayat member KL Patel.

After nine years, the recruitment of principals in aided secondary schools was cancelled

Brijesh Yadav of Ballia says that almost a decade ago in the year 2013, an examination was conducted for the recruitment of principals in aided (aided) secondary schools. In the same year, the Secondary Education Service Selection Commission began the recruitment process for 632 headteacher positions. After several years of controversy, the selection board announced the results of 581 out of 632 posts between November 2022. But only half of those selected had taken up the charge when the Lucknow bench of the High Court canceled the recruitment in February 2023, note the nine year duration of the selection process. It was an absurd joke with the candidates, who poured years of their lives into it.

It is worth noting that amid the cases of paper leakage and rigging in several recruitment exams, in the last UP assembly elections, posters claiming Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s four lakh posts were put up not only in UP but also in many other states.

Prashant Kamal, national general secretary of the youth rights organization ‘Yuva Hilla Bol’, told The Wire that his organization has raised a strong voice against it, running a ‘fake news campaign’, questioning the government How many jobs have you put them in which section and where? In response, the government had to admit that they had no data on this. Finally, after criticism from all sides, the government had to get rid of these posters.

Government responsible for dropping paper?

Prashant Kamal says that there were paper leaks and employment problem in the previous governments as well, but the governments of that time took notice of the problem and tried to solve it.

Prashant said, β€œIn the last few years, almost all recruitment exams have been rigged. First, it takes years for the government to carry out government jobs. After that, the paper leak brings the youth back to nothing.’

Allahabad University students are blaming the system and the government for the paper leak. He says no special action is being taken in paper leaks and recruitment scams.

Anupam Kumar, a PhD scholar from Banaras Hindu University, says that ‘paper leaks not only break the dreams of the youth but also the dreams of their entire families. Most of the students preparing for government jobs are from lower middle class families. In such a case, because paper leaks, their years of hard work and money are immediately wasted.’

(Click here to read all the reports in this series.)

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