Ahmedabad: Gujarat today ordered a probe into allegations of irregularities in the online examination conducted for recruitment of engineers for the state-run Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO).
The exam started from today and will continue for the next three days.
The state government swung into action after state AAP youth wing leader Yuvraj Singh Jadeja alleged that some middlemen, in connivance with some government officials and a private agency conducting online exams, helped candidates pass online exams for money. are doing.
Hours later, Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani told reporters in Gandhinagar that Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel had ordered an inquiry into the allegations.
“Our government believes in transparency. Around 35,000 young candidates are appearing in this online examination, which will continue for three more days. Our Chief Minister has ordered a probe into the allegations of irregularities. We will take strict action against the guilty. ” Vaghani, who is also the spokesperson of the state government, said.
The role of a Maharashtra headquartered firm, which has been given a contract by GETCO to conduct the online recruitment test, is also under question. However, Jitu Vaghani defended it saying that the same agency was earlier hired for recruitment in Railway Police and some Central PSUs.
The minister also said that there are no immediate plans to cancel the online exam that began on Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Yuvraj Singh Jadeja held a press conference and alleged that some middlemen, mostly teachers of coaching classes, people working in private firms and some officials, were involved in this “scam” of passing candidates.
He said that the online examination which started from today afternoon is being conducted to recruit 300 Electrical Engineers and 53 Civil Engineers at various centers across the state.
“The whole scam is being run by the people of Bayad town in Aravalli district. The candidates who have paid in advance will only pretend to appear in the exam but will not answer any questions. Instead, the people sitting in the control room will see their Will click on the answers,” claimed Mr Jadeja.
“The name of this agency was involved in a similar scam earlier also. The middlemen usually take Rs 20 lakh from each candidate and Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh as advance. With the help of this agency and government officials, Correct answers are clicked from the control room on behalf of the candidate,” he alleged.
Notably, the state government had last month canceled an exam conducted for the recruitment of head clerk after the police found a case in connection with Mr. Jadeja’s allegation of leaking exam papers.
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