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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Allegations of Publishing 'Faulty Merit List' Raised against School Service Commission

Malda, October 17, 2012: Serious allegations have been raised against School Service Commission (SSC) for publishing a faulty merit list of non-teaching employees in government aided school. While the SSC authority claimed it was a computer-error, some candidates are contemplating of starting legal battle against SSC if the authority fails to address the grievances of deprivation.

This may be mentioned that SSC published the merit list of 1740 non-teaching employees including 560 clerks was published on 25 September. Copies of list for SSC – Northern Region (SSC-NR) were published both at the district magistrate’s office as well as the commission’s regional office in Malda.

In the list hung at the SSC office in Malda it was seen that the rank and the marks obtained by the successful examinees were published. A number of candidates alleged that it was a faulty and incomplete list as there was no mention of academic score of the candidates in the list though their respective marks in the written test, computer test and personality test were mentioned.

Notably, a total mark for clerk appointment test by SSC is 70 out of which 10 is for academic score of the candidates. Candidates passed in first division in Madhyamik or equivalent examinations would get 10, second division candidates would get 8 and third division candidates would get 6 out of 10. Some of the candidates alleged that their academic score out of 10 was not mention in the ‘faulty merit list.’

The matter was immediately brought to the notice of SSC-NR chairman Abdul Wahab. “Mr Wahab virtually conceded that there was an error and assured to take up the issue with the Central SSC (CSSC) authority,” said a candidate.

However, the CSSC chairman Chitta Ranjan Mandal informed that merit list was supposed to be published without individual score of the candidates.

On 11 October a merit list was displayed on website of SSC in which the respective marks of the successful candidates were not mentioned. Though it was claimed that the 11 October’s merit list was made after taking the academic score into consideration, candidates said that there was no alteration in the merit list which was inevitable after adding different academic scores of the candidates to their other marks as mentioned in the former merit list.

Rahul Dev Lahiri, one such candidate whose position is second in the wait list said, “In the previous merit list it was mentioned that I scored 31.4 excluding my academic score. It would come to 41.4 if my academic score in madhyamik examination is added. The candidate who is first in wait list with 31.47 would be behind me as only 8 would be added to his score as he had passed madhyamik in second division.”

Wahab, however, claimed that even in the merit list published on 25 September was prepared including the academic score of the candidates. “It was a mere computer error that their academic score was not mentioned in the said list,” he explained.

However, Lahiri and others are not satisfied with SSC-NR chairman’s ‘flimsy explanation.’ “If the SSC authority does not mend their error properly, we would start initiating a legal battle,” Lahiri said.

 Meanwhile, Wahab informed that counseling of 560 successful candidates for clerks’ post was conducted on 16 October. “Two days counseling for other non-teaching post would be over on 18 October and recommendation letters would be issued in first week of November,” Wahab informed.

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