Over 14 lakh applicants trying their luck for the 6,132 posts in the Rajasthan government have been left in the lurch now. The Subordinate Selection Board that conducts the various ministerial staff selection examination will not be able to conduct various written examinations as the board is now devoid of a chairman.
Question paper leak
The chairman of the board, a retired IAS, BL Jatawat, on Saturday resigned from his position after the question papers relating to the junior engineer’s examination got leaked. The examination for junior engineers had to be cancelled after the leak.
The Rajasthan government faced criticism over the issue and the Opposition had demanded the resignation of the chairman. The question papers were leaked on December 6 prior to the examination.
In December 2019, the question paper for the written examination for appointing librarian also got leaked and after that, the board was under the target of the Opposition leaders. The Opposition then too had demanded the resignation of Jatawat for being responsible for the question paper leak.
After the junior engineer’s examination paper leak, the Gehlot government had asked the chairman BL Jatawat to resign. Jatawat under pressure resigned on Saturday after serving a 35-month stint as the chairman and his resignation was immediately accepted.
Board without chairman, members
The board is without a chairman now and there is no competent authority to order the conduct of the examinations. The written examination for the junior civil engineers, patwari and forest guards and forest rangers are due in which there are over 14 lakh applicants for 6,132 posts.
The Gehlot government will have to appoint a new chairman and four members following Jatawat’s resignation. This has become an administrative problem for the state government as various appointments will have to be made by announcing the new dates of examination.
Jatawat, a promotee IAS was appointed by the BJP government. The four members of the selection board had completed their tenure in May last year and the Gehlot government had not appointed the new board members and delegated all the powers to the chairman. Now, with the chairman having resigned, the board has neither a chairman nor any member which is a peculiar situation.
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