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Itanagar: A day after the Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB) announced the cancellation of LDC/JSA examinations over the recent ‘cash for jobs’ fiasco, the state government suspended APSSB former secretary SK Jain for alleged gross administrative negligence, said a reliable source from the government.

The source added that chief minister Pema Khandu, who has been furious since the scam came to the fore, has constituted a high-level inquiry committee headed by a senior officer of the rank of principal secretary/commissioner to thoroughly probe and find out lapses which resulted in the recent fiasco.

The inquiry committee has also reportedly been ordered to submit its report within a month.

The answer sheet that had landed APSSB in trouble

On Monday, the APSSB discussed in detail the matter pertaining to the examination which was held on February 2, 2020 and after careful consideration of all the facts available with the board, it was decided to cancel the examination.

“A new date for the examination would be notified soon. All the candidates who had received admit cards for the examination held on February 2, 2020 would be eligible to re-appear for the examination without paying any additional fees,” a statement issued by the APSSB said.

The statement also said that the board has resolved to ensure transparency and fairness while conducting the future examination so as to ensure that appointments are made purely on merit basis.

The APSSB has of recent been drawing flak from all quarters for its alleged failure to conduct the examination in a fair manner.

Following allegations of malpractice, a case under several sections of the IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act was lodged on February 16 with the Special Investigation Cell (SIC) of the state police.

Accordingly, the SIC has so far arrested five persons, including APSSB under-secretary Kapter Ringu, and two data entry operators of the board in connection the case.

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