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Cops job scam: Within 15 minutes of reported question papers leak, Assam cancels examination, orders inquiry

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Guwahati: With opposition congress seeking Chief minister, Sarbananda Sonowal’s resignation in connection with a cops-job scam, Sonowal said within 15 minutes of the reported leak of question papers, state government cancelled the examination of the recruitment and ordered inquiry.

Congress in Assam on Wednesday staged protest demanding inquiry by a judge of high Court.

Question paper was leaked of the Sub-Inspector recruitment exams that were cancelled on September 20 and this has created flutters in the state. Around 60,000 candidates applied for the exam however it was cancelled minutes after it began as the question paper was already leaked in the social media.

Sonowal said that state government has instituted an inquiry into the Sub-Inspector (Un armed Branch) recruitment scam as the investing agency has been asked to conduct the inquiry impartially without any compromise.

In sync with the state government’s principle of ‘zero-tolerance’ against corruption, Sonowal said that no leniency or compromise would be tolerated in the inquiry process as the investigation agency has succeeded in making headway in the investigation.

He also said that the police would definitely track all the accused allegedly involved in the scam and arrest them. He also reiterated that the State government is making sure so that no meritorious candidate is deprived of justice.

Sonowal also informed that the new recruitment board has been constituted with a mandate to see that no meritorious student is deprived of his or her right.

Sonowal said that once the findings of the investigation are out, all aspects of the scam will come to the fore. He also maintained that the inquiry ordered into the scam was not the result of any complaint. Within 15 minutes of the reported leak of question papers, state government has cancelled the examination of the recruitment.

He also said that there have been several instances of question paper leak incidents took place under various governments in the state since 1952. However, for the first time any government acted so expeditiously and transparently to institute an inquiry to disclose the reasons responsible for the alleged scam.

Reiterating that state government is committed to maintain its accountability, Sonowal requested the people in general to sustain their close vigil on the activities of the government and extend all cooperation to the government in its march towards people’s welfare.

Sonowal also presented Anundoram Borooah Award 2020 to students who secured 75 percent or above in HSLC examination (class 10). As part of the award, an amount of Rs 20,000 each was directly transferred to bank accounts of 16,944 students for purchasing laptops.

The Chief Minister transferred the amounts through the press of a button while ceremonially presenting cheques and certificates to 5 students. A total of Rs 34 crore has been released by the government for the purpose.

Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Anundoram Borooah Awards, which was started in 2005, have benefited a total 3,73,855 students till now and it has become one of the flagships schemes of the government.

Sarma highlighted the achievement of Assam grabbing 5th position in the country’s literacy rankings and 2nd position in taking education to the doorsteps of people. He also said that the state’s students have shown better performance in national level exams in recent years and Assam has become one of the top states in spending upto 6 percent of its GDP for education and health sectors.

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