Lahore: 40,000 take test for 163 Police ASI Posts at UET Lahore & Multan
POOR arrangements made by the Punjab Public Service Commission at the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore and at Police Training School Multan for around 40,000 candidates for the written test of 163 slots of Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) on Sunday have irked the candidates.
The candidates have blamed the authorities concerned for creating problems in a competition exam even after taking charges from them. They have also demanded the Punjab Chief Minister take action against the responsible who had allegedly played with the future of hundreds of candidates.
It is learnt that candidates had gathered at examination centre well before the stipulated time. The written test was scheduled to start at 8: 00am and it had to conclude on 10:00am. However, due to mismanagement on the part of Punjab Public Service Commission, the test started at 9:00am and concluded at 11:00am.
Moreover, the candidates said that no tents were fixed at the ground of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) and they were forced to take exam in scorching hot weather in the open. The candidates had to sit on ground without any chairs or rugs.
Different candidates, while talking to The News on the condition of anonymity, lamented the concerned officers of Punjab Public Service Commission (PPSC) over mismanagement and inadequate arrangements for such a large number of candidates. They said that the commission had taken Rs 400 from each candidate for test arrangements but it looked that the commission had ‘pocketed’ the collected money for their own use. Candidates further said that the commission had collected about Rs 28 millions from thousands of candidates for 728 slots of ASIs across the Punjab province. They were of the view that better arrangements for any exam gave better results due to full concentration of the candidates. They alleged that the deserving candidates had been deprived of their rights by providing inconvenient atmosphere to allegedly favour the blue eyed.
The candidates have also complained about the unavailability of drinking water which had further played havoc with the concentration while solving the questions. The candidates have also complained about cheating and according to them it was observed that several candidates had conducted cheating with the help of invigilators. “Cheating was very common, as the people, who had accompanied the candidates, were openly helping them”, said another candidate Ahmed. “One candidate was sitting behind me and his brother, who was in police uniform, was providing him with help”, Ahmed added.
Some of the candidates have also complained that the question paper was tough if compared to the slot of ASI and required more qualification of the candidates. They claimed that it looked that the paper-setter had set the paper for CSS examination.
Moreover, around 25,000 candidates appeared in written test held for 27 slots of ASI at Police Training School, Multan on the same day and they had also faced a lot of problems. The test started in Multan at 9:30am instead of 8:00am and they had to sit on ground in open without any tents, rugs and chairs. The reports of cheating were also received from Multan.
A member of PPSC, talking to The News, said they had tried their best to provide better facilities to the candidates. He added that the commission would hold an inquiry to probe the motive behind mismanagement if it was proved at any examination centre. On the other hand, Lahore Police had made better security arrangements by deploying over 500 officials in and around the UET to avert any untoward incident.