Bhanu P Lohumi
Shimla, May 18
Frequent cases of paper leaks have damaged the image of the state government as people lose faith in the system. So far there has been some negligence by the authorities and minor leaks, but now the involvement of organized gangs has raised alarm bells.
Leakage of Constable Recruitment Examination, Junior Office Assistant (JOA) Examination and University of Himachal Pradesh Undergraduate 1st and 2nd Year Examinations paper was found in two months.
Last month, the JOA’s drug test questionnaire leaked before the exam began. The case came to light after a candidate was found copying answers during the exam. Interestingly, an assistant professor from a private college had clicked on the photo of the questionnaire and sent it to the candidate. The review was conducted by HP’s Personnel Selection Commission.
The first and second year undergraduate examination questionnaire was printed in 2020 and sent to colleges but was not used due to the pandemic. However, in some colleges, the authorities opened the questionnaires and distributed them to students as samples. Following which the exam scheduled from April 7 was canceled and the tests of more than 200 subjects had to be reset.
However, during the police officer recruitment exam, an organized gang leaked the paper, contacted the candidates on the phone, took them to secluded places and revealed answers for Rs 5 lakh to 8 lakh and the role of the police is also under scanner.
Both Congress and the AAP have looked into the workings of state government and the police.
Three leaks in two months
The leakage of paper in Constable Recruitment Examination, Junior Office Assistant Examination and University of Himachal Pradesh first and second year undergraduate examinations has been seen in the past last two months.