All in the Parivar?

The very partisan and the politically manipulated functioning of the Goa Public Service Commission (GPSC) is there for all to see. To get his way in selecting his choiced persons to all government posts the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar high-handedly appointed his relative Kurupati Dwarkanath Row to the very high constitutional post as the Chairman of GPSC.

Kurupati Dwarkanath Row’s wife was a Dharwadkar. Her brother Girish is the co-brother (saddu) of Chief Minister’s brother Avdhoot Parrikar. Avdhoot Parrikar’s wife and Girish Dharwadkar’s wife are sisters of the Caro family. Their third sister is married to Dr Vinay Prabhu Desai, whose daughter is married to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s younger son Abhijaat Parrikar.  

Over the years the GPSC had been declaring on their website the names of the candidates selected for various posts. But from January this year they only display the seat number of the person selected. Why could this have been done? It is apparent that this has been done to avoid the public from viewing how tainted the entire selection process has become. And this way, the selection gets shrouded in utter secrecy, until of course, the appointments are made!

On 11th October 2013 the GPSC advertised for 18 posts of Junior Scale officers for the Goa Civil Service.  A total of 3542 candidates applied for the post while 2830 candidates actually appeared for the written exam. Strangely the candidates were instructed to write the name and roll no. in the answer sheets. It was noticed that when the name and roll number was written on the first page, the same appeared on the second page as the backside of the first page was coated with a thin carbon film. Was this to reveal the identity of the candidates? At all competitive exams it is only the candidate’s seat or roll number and never the candidate’s name that is written in the answer sheets.This is completely illegal and untenable and calls for annulment of the entire selection process.

This written examination was conducted in 4 parts. The part A consisted of 25 objective questions of 2 marks each. Part B consisted of 2 essay type questions of 25 marks each and 10 objective questions carrying 2.5mark each. Part C also consisted of 2 essay type questions of 25 marks each and 10 objective questions carrying 2.5 marks each. Part D was on English comprehension.

Earlier there used to be an objective paper of 90 marks where in there were 90 questions of one mark each. 1/4  mark was deducted for every wrong answer. There was no negative marking this time and the 20 objective questions asked in Part B and part C were too simple and not of the expected level for the post of Junior Scale Officer. The questions asked were, who is the Speaker of the Goa legislative Assembly, when is Shigmo festival celebrated in Goa, when did RTI act come into force, etc).

The syllabus was not fully covered and there were no questions asked on Goa’s freedom struggle, elections, general science, and only a single question was asked on history of India. In Part D on English comprehension, the two passages given for comprehension were too easy and not to the level that was expected for the post of a Junior Scale Officer. This limited questioning was apparently on basis of questions and answers provided to the pre-selected candidates, who otherwise, would have failed, if there was an honest test.

The examination was conducted on 15th December last year and the GPSC hurriedly declared the results in just over a month leaving doubts as to how the 2830 papers were corrected so quickly. The results were declared last week on 20th January and the candidates have been instructed to apply for the verification of marks within 10 days. Surprisingly the candidates shortlisted have already received call letters for the oral interview which has been scheduled on 4th February.  

If the Government is serious in eradicating corruption and claims it is different from the previous corrupt regimes, then it is time Manohar Parrikar waves his magic wand and sets the process right by ensuring that only the deserving are selected and not the hand-picked ones, who, in any case, will not be able to run the State administration effectively.

Chief Minister, it cannot be all in the Parivar. It is time to rise above personal agendas for the good of Goa and dust of the rust, which is bringing bad repute to this Government which had promised a Parivartan by way of good governance

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