After having initially declined to comment on the current agitation by 2013 police recruitment DPC appeared candidates, Home Minister Mr.Gaikhangam came out with the much awaited clarification on the issue. Gaikhangam had clarified that the 2013 police constable recruitment tests from physical test to viva (intelligence or personality test) had to be cancelled as “irregularities and foul-play” were detected in the entire recruitment process. If this was the reason then he could have simply responded to the barrages of questions fired at him by the news reporters the same day at the same spot itself rather than saying that he would comment or clarify the next day. This shows that appropriate reason such as this was not in the thinking of those who have had annulled the results of the rigorous three stages of tests stretching for three long years in one stroke. It is also obvious that those who have cancelled the said DPC process needed time to think and discuss what should be a reasonable and digestible clarification in this regard. This in turn reflects that the powers that be had not anticipated that one fine moment a group of media persons would invade and quiz them on the issue. The clarification part has been done now but the problem is that the aggrieved candidates of this infamous DPC do not seem convinced but became all the more agitated. A DPC filled with irregularity and foul play ought to be rejected and a fair and clean one should be conducted in its place. The written successful candidates or the viva faced candidates of this DPC should not have resented if the recruitment process was not fair as found out or claimed. This is not happening and the reason would remain elusive only. A commissioner rank officer of the state government who has been entrusted to probe the allegations of foul play in this particular DPC found that irregularities and foul play were indeed there. Hope this enquiry officer is not made the sacrificial lamb.
The 2013 constable recruitment DPC viva faced candidates and their supporters have now resorted to what everybody believe to be the most effective way of petitioning the authority – bandhs and blockades! Such method of seeking justice may not be the right path either. The entire community and the state should not be made to suffer due to a tussle between the government and an interest group. Whatever clarification the authority might have advanced on this issue, many would not hesitate to believe that there must be a foul play in the scrapping of all the three tests itself and the direction to start it all afresh from the scratch. It is also surprising that why and how ‘irregularities and foul play’ had not been detected earlier. Considering the timing of the abrogation of the three tests here it only appears that it is being done to please some at the expense of many. Hope irregularity and foul play-free DPCs are seen in the coming days!