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Conspiracy behind BJP defeat!

Caught in the discomfiture of a humiliating defeat, BJP top leaders are talking of a conspiracy theory in the just concluded assembly polls in Delhi. The party heavyweights are more or less convinced of a systematic conspiracy within the party to trim the party’s prospect in the just concluded polls.

Party insiders confirmed Assam Times that the ruling party had to pay heavy price of a micro managed conspiracy to sabotage the party’s polls prospect where Modi magic did not work.

“Immigrant” issue in the vision document for Delhi is another conspiracy which no less sabotaged the party in the run up to the assembly polls.

“It was a conspiracy to derail Kiran Bedi and nothing else. We had to pay heavy price of the vision document gaffe. The doers are obviously those who were dead opposed to the former IPS officer projecting as Chief Ministerial candidate who joined the party only to grab the hot seat,” said a senior party leader.

“Those who prepared the vision document were not so fool to call the north eastern brethrens immigrants. The contents were checked and re checked before these were sent for printing. Then where the lapse took place?,” highly placed sources told Assam Times in New Delhi.  

“We don’t understand why no enquiry was instituted to look to the gaffe. What forced the party leaders to keep mum on the serious lapse,” said another BJP leader who was unhappy with the party leadership.    

 “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and president Amrit Shah should not have gone ahead with Kiran Bedi without the unanimous consent of the party men,” said a party leader who wants not to be named.

“We have reasons to blame Modi and Shah for the party’s stunning defeat even after we had a chance at least to retain our seats,” said the party leaders.

If these scheme of things are allowed to go unchecked same fate awaits the party in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls.  

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Gross discrepancy in APSC appointments

12 May 2013 - 9:03am | Syed Miraz Ahmed

The Assam Tribune editorial dated January 29, 2009 holds that the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) is no exception to serious criticism for gross irregularities in holding competitive examinations, favouritism in the selection of candidates and corruption. It further says that the scandals of the Assam Public Service Commission need no reiteration.

In December 20, 2008 the Government of Assam and the Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) were issued show cause notices by the Gauhati High Court over selection of candidates for viva-voice, with a couple of non-qualified candidates, alleging favouritism and other severe irregularities in the selection process. In September 1, 2009, the Gauhati High Court scrapped the selection list of the Assam Civil Service saying that selection done by Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) was not based on merit.

As recently as November 17, 2011, the Assam Public Service Commission invited applications for (1) the post of a Principal in the State Engineering College of Assam under Higher Education (Technical) Department and (2) 16 posts for Deputy Director, Inspector of Schools and District Elementary Education Officer under Education(Secondary) Department. The first post called for a minimum of 10 years of experience in teaching/research/industry, of which at least 3 years should be in the level of a Professor of an Engineering College at the Degree level and the second required 10 years of teaching experience in a School or College or administrative experience of 10 years of which 5 years must be in teaching.

Of the many who applied the required 16 deserving candidates were selected and accordingly retained against their respective posts. In the order of their positions achieved, they were: (1) Anjan Kumar Deka (2) Jyotsna Rani Brahma (3) Prasanna Borah (4) Amir Hussain (5) Chinmoyee Talukdar (6) Subhalakshmi Rajkumari (7) Rumi Choudhury (8) Jayanta Thakuria (9) Semina Yasmin ara Rahman (10) Buli Gogoi Bhuyan (11) Saju Kumar Jadav (12) Jagadish Prasad Jadav (13) Mridul Kumar Nath (14) Anup Kumar Das (15) Jaypal Sing Brahma and (16) Gayatri Naiding.

Incidentally, credentials provided by the first candidate Anjan Kumar Deka in support of 10 years of teaching experience appear straightly forged. Deka submitted a certificate as issued from the Tihu College under Nalbari District that cite his teaching experience in the said College to be from April 1, 2005 to February 24, 2011.

Vice Principal of the College G.N. Sharma in a reply to DHE/RTI/144/2012/5 dated 17-11-2012 denied Deka's appointment as a teacher and the issuance of any kind of  experience certificate in his favor under his office. He further termed Deka's attempt as completely fraudulent. Anjan Kumar Deka was appointed temporarily as a Multi-Purpose Worker (MPW) at the Naharani Sub Centre in Sonitpur District. Prior to his appointmet as MPW by the Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Assam on March 19, 2010, Deka worked as the District Quality Manager (DQM) of the Assam Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All Movement) in Nalbari District for sometime. Since 2010 Deka is working in the Sotiya Normal School in Sonitpur as a teacher of mathematics under the Education Research and Training Parishad of the Government of Assam.

Semina Yasmin ara Rahman whose name also appears in the list of successful candidates does not seem to have the required teaching experience. This has become certain from the experience certificate she appended that shows Ref/Letter No. as PSMS/EC/007-2011 and the date of issue as 31/12/98. Rahman passed her B.A. in the year 1994 and also happens to have parallely completed her B.Ed the same year, M.Ed in 1997 and M.A. in 1998 from Gauhati University. It calls for a detailed probe as to how she completed both her B.A. and B.Ed the same year. In 2002 when Rahman applied for a post under the Assam Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education for All Movement) she mentioned her cummulative experience in teaching both in High and Middle English Schools as approximately 5 years which actually means that she does not have the complete mandatory 5 years of experience which is a prerequisite for the post applied. How did she qualify the interview, then?

Cases of contradiction do not end here. Resident of Santipur Village in Mirza, Jayanta Thakuria (M.Sc and B.Ed), s/o Ramesh Chandra Thakuria applied for the post of Assistant Teacher vide an advertisement in The Assam Tribune on 10.1.2005. He furnished an experience certificate of having taught for 5 years and 6 months at the Brindabati Das Girls' High School in addition to working at the Assam Rifles Public School. Replying to a query vide GB-EST/RTI/3/2013/2 dated 21.01.2013 Headmaster of the concerned school L. M. Choudhury refuted Jayanta Thakuria's claim and testimonials. This is a classic filmy example of identical names. Jayanta Thakuria (B.Sc) working at Brindabati Das Girls' High School since 05.08.2000 is the son of Khagen Thakuria and resident of Dakhala Village of Bijoynagar area under Kamrup Rural. The former Jayanta Thakuria fradulently posed as the latter to assume a post.

Following a case filed by Hiranya Kumar Nath and others vide WP(C) No. 4325 of 2012 dated 29.11.2012 in the Gauhati High Court, Jayanta Talukdar the former furnished his testimonials including those he used to apply for the post of Inspector of Schools.

The list of such and other antices are allegedly at the cost of those deserving candidates who could not or rather did not bribe the officials of the Commission. Most of the 16 candidates selected and duly appointed have experimented with unique methods which successfully worked towards hood winking a body like the Assam Public Service Commission which is proudly one of the oldest Public Service Commissions. APSC came into being as early as April 1, 1937 with the provision of the Government of India Act, 1935 with Mr. James Hezelett, a retired ICS officer from London, as its first Chairman.

Chinmoyee Takuldar was a candidate enlisted by the APSC as the least experienced among enterviewees with work experience that goes against the APSC prerequisites. Talukdar also refrained from applying through the expected proper channel. Despite the APSC's mandatory requirement that the applicants must be among those who exhibit uniform brilliant careers, several applicants like Buli Gogoi Bhuyan, Mridul Kumar Nath, Amir Hussain, Saju Kumar Jadav and others who passed in the third division were selected by the APSC. Even grace mark holders like Anup Kumar Das also escaped scrunity and appeared in the list of 16 successful candidates.

The Assam Service Public Commission utterly failed to provide complete Third Party Information of all the 16 candidates except for 6. In the face of such blunders and exercices of violation of norms and regulations of recruitments and appointments it remains to be seen how investigation agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Central Investigation Department plan to take into account the legal sources of income of the officials who allow such processess of appointment. Such matters have turned out to be a damper for deserving applicants and have eventually eaten into the environment of healthy competition. All said, will the APSC do something to win back the confidence of the masses and clean the muck off its image?

Mikhile flown to Mumbai for probe

28 Aug 2015 - 8:27am | AT News

In a view to stepping up the probe into the Sheena Bora murder case, the Mumbai police have flown Mikhile Bora to be quizzed in connection with the sensational case.

The Mumbai police team which arrived in Guwahati on Thursday left Guwahati on Friday morning along with Sheena’s younger brother where he would be quizzed by the Mumbai police commissioner who is leading the investigation.

On Thursday police quizzed Mikhile for several hours to extract information on the sensational murder case where is mother has been arrested three days back along with her estranged husband.  
   

Immigrants must quit: Samujjal

7 Mar 2017 - 11:40am | AT News

Stunned by the Silapothar clash, AASU leadership vow to go all out against the immigrants irrespective of religion. Talking to reporters after the incident advisor Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya said under no circumstance they would allow the Hindu immigrants to stay refugees.

He further demanded exemplary punishment for the people responsible for the incident who attack the local AASU office in Silapothar after hundreds of Hindu Bangla-speaking unitedly demanded removal of D voter tag from their names.

The clash took place when the people who attended the rally took out a protest procession to mark the happy ending of the rally.

As the rally crossed the local AASU office a section of the protesters turned violent and pelted stones at the AASU office while some of them ransacked the office and a few people who were there had to flee.

Four two wheelers were set in fire forcing policemen to step in who resorted to lathicharge and tear gas shells to disperse the violent protesters.