Bring MCSCCE-2016 fiasco to an end, says joint student bodies of Churachandpur

The joint student bodies comprising of KSO Churachandpur, HSA Jt Hq Churachandpur, MZP (M) and ZSF Gen HQ stated that the infamy of MPSC has cost the entire state and it was the gravity of misdeeds that the whole batch of the civil servants (MCSCCE-2016) have lost their jobs after two and half years of service.

The joint student bodies of Churachandpur have expressed their distress against the sudden rush of conducting MCSCCE-2016 (Main) re-examination by MPSC amidst the pandemic while the matter is still pending before the High Court of Manipur and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and public is waiting for the final report.

A release by the joint student bodies comprising of KSO Churachandpur, HSA Jt Hq Churachandpur, MZP (M) and ZSF Gen HQ stated that the infamy of MPSC has cost the entire state and it was the gravity of misdeeds that the whole batch of the civil servants (MCSCCE-2016) have lost their jobs after two and half years of service.

“How could it be that before any officials and staffs are held accountable for their misdeeds that they are planning to conduct the examination again? The joint student bodies would like to ask the MPSC that are the selected candidates of MCSCCE-2016 pointless sacrifices? Do the officials of MPSC have no conscience to take moral responsibilities for ruining the lives and career of the aspirants and successful candidates? For MPSC it may just be an examination, but for the hard working aspirants, clearing the examination is a cherished dream. A constitutional body like the MPSC should be a model recruitment agency for the state, but most unfortunately, it is acting like a merciless destroyer of generations of youth,” said the student bodies in the release.

It further stated that MPSC seems to have quite a bad reputation even before it conducted its MCSCCE 2016 Examination. It led the Manipur High Court to lament MPSC’s past conduct that “misdeeds...have been (going) on for the last many years,” which was the judgement of the High Court dated on October 18, 2019, it added.

“It is the right time for the MPSC or for that matter, its staff or officials to be penalised for their misdeeds which they have been doing for the last many years and if not penalised now, they would continue to do so in future at the cost of public interest and public money,” it said.

“From the aforesaid facts and circumstances, it can be safely held that the MPSC has no intention to conduct any examination in a fair and just manner. It had, in the present case, miserably failed to discharge its duties and functions as mandated in the Constitution of India. It would like to continue holding the examinations, only in name, with half baked rules so that it could manipulate it,” claimed the student bodies.

It further questioned that from the given judgement by the high court it can be learnt that the court wanted that the MPSC and its staff and officials responsible for the irregularities in the said examination be penalised but so far, is there any official who has been penalised? The answer is a big ‘NO’ except the unfortunate 81 people, it added.

Where is the guarantee that the new examination will be fair and clean? It is also learnt that the secretary of MPSC has released a press statement on August 26 claiming that they were misunderstood. How could one press release make the MPSC clean again?, the student bodies asked.

The joint student bodies studied the said press statement minutely and come to the conclusion that the said release was full of platitudes and zero substance, all clouded in bureaucratic words. It reads more like an election manifesto. It needs to be deconstructed for the public, it added.

It further said that the secretary of MPSC had also mentioned in the last line that “MPSC will ensure fairness and level the playing field for every candidate (sic) in every recruitment.” In the absence of moderation and scaling, the statement is just a figment of imagination, it added.

In the release, the joint student bodies have strongly urged the state government that MPSC should not be allowed to conduct any examination until the CBI investigation is completed and the final report is made public so that justice is fully dispensed.

First Published:Sept. 5, 2020, 9:43 a.m.