IMPHAL: While appreciating Chief Minister N Biren’s vow to curb corruption, favoritism and nepotism in job recruitment, transfer and posting, Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee has demanded the government to introduce Optical Mark Recognition or Reading (OMR) system in the written test of IRB recruitment to be held on January 20 to prevent manipulation of answer scripts of the candidates.
Addressing reporters at Congress Bhavan, MPCC general secretary and ex-MLA M Prithiviraj stated that the Congress party warmly welcomes the Chief Minister N Biren’s appeal for a collective effort to curb corruption, favoritism and nepotism in job recruitment, transfer and posting. However, whether such verbal assurance to curb corruption will be translated into action or not is the question.
Physical efficiency test for recruitment of two Battalions of IRB had already been completed and written test for the same has been scheduled on January 20. Many candidates who have completed Master Degree, PG from Manipur University are also taking part in the recruitment. However, most of the candidates who cannot offer huge amount of money have lost their confidence that they will be selected. According to various sources, there is a strong possibility of massive corruption in the said recruitment. To make the recruitment transparent and corruption free by selecting the talented and deserving candidates, government should introduce OMR system in the written test, he demanded.
Even though OMR system has never been applied in job recruitment in the state, we can introduce the same system now if the government feels it a good tool to curb corruption. Bihar Government has recently introduced OMR system in the recruitment of police constable; he said and questioned why such system should not be introduced in the state.
He said that introduction of such system will emphatically justify the commitment of the Chief Minister on curbing corruption. The written test can be postponed to give time for preparation of OMR system. There is no question of hurriedness, Prithiviraj said adding that such step will help reduce trust deficit among the people.
On Chief Minister’s statement regarding issuing sub-standard belts and boots to the police personnel, he said that it is quite unacceptable to provide sub-standard belts, uniform to the security forces who are performing their duty day and night to protect public life and properties.
Stating that the rate and quality of the uniforms to be supplied to the security personnel in the country is fixed under a criteria set by the Director General of Supplies and Goods under Commerce and Industry department, GOI, he questioned if the uniform provided to the state forces yesterday are DGSG certified.
Former minister Dr Kh Ratankumar who also attended the press conference said that politicians are gradually losing credibility in the eyes of the public because of repeated failures to fulfill what they had committed to the people and as such a collective effort to curb corruption is the need of the hour.