Assam police recruitment board chief steps down

Assam police recruitment board chief steps down

GUWAHATI | SEPT 27, 2020:

The State Level Police Recruitment Board (SLPRB) Chairman Pradeep Kumar has resigned from his post, taking moral responsibility for the failure to conduct the written exam for sub-inspectors in Assam Police in a transparent manner.

In a statement issued to the media on Sunday, Kumar apologised to the candidates and their families for the irregularities leading to the cancellation/postponement of the written test examination for the posts of sub-inspectors (unarmed branch) in the state police force.

"The state government has given me the responsibility to head the SLPRB and ensure that meritorious and eligible candidates of Assam get jobs in the police force. Subsequently, I had tried to perform my duties and responsibilities with a dedication to ensure that the recruitment process took place cleanly and transparently. However, a vested interest group conspired to derail the recruitment process, because of which candidates appearing in the exam had to face a lot of hardships," he said.

"Never in my long professional life did I face such a situation. Therefore, I own moral responsibility for failing to conduct the SI recruitment exam in the desired manner and step down from the post of chairman of the board," Kumar stated.

The written exam for 597 posts of sub-inspectors in Assam Police was conducted by the board on September 20, 2020. However, the exam had to be called off minutes after commencement, with authorities discovering the question paper was leaked on social media.

As many as 66,000 candidates had appeared for the exam across 154 centres in the state.

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