Student bodies in Manipur submitted a memorandum to Governor to withhold the MPSC 2016 exam earlier Credit: File image

Imphal: The Democratic Students’ Alliance Manipur (DESAM), Apunba Ireipakki Maheiroi Sinpanglup (AIMS) and All Naga Students’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) on Tuesday demanded the state government to allot top priority to the Manipur Civil Services Combined Competitive Examination (MCSCCE), 2016 fiasco case and punish the culprit(s) at the earliest.

“As civil society organisations, we welcome any step for the eradication of corruption, and this case being one that concerns the whole Manipur public, the MCSCCE 2016 Fiasco should lead to clean up of every nook and corner of the premier recruitment and selection agency of the state viz. the Manipur Public Service Commission (MPSC),” said the bodies.

The students stated that since the court had termed the rules of MPSC as a half-baked rule, the fiasco of MCSCCE 2016 cannot just end in a whimper without anyone held accountable.

Every person concerned with wrongdoings leading to the MCSCCE 2016 Fiasco must be held accountable, demanded the organisations.

The selection of 82 officers for Manipur Civil Service, Manipur Police Service, and allied services was quashed following the high court orders after several aspirants alleged for irregularities in the selection process.

According to the bodies, the abrupt termination has caused an irreparable loss of career, humiliation and trauma of those officers and families and most importantly, a loss of public resources. Most of these terminated officers are from honest and humble backgrounds, and they grief insufferably at their misfortune, it added.

As a responsible organisation, we empathise with candidates who are innocent and genuine, but somehow became collateral damage and plead upon every member of the state to desist from name-calling and stigmatisation, the bodies urged.

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The students’ organisations stated that it despite the judgement being dispense a year ago, no officials of MPSC have been held responsible. Such collateral damage while demanding punishment for every culprit involved in the scam.

Pointing out at the government’s indifferent attitude, the bodies further questioned the authority if the youth of the state are not worthy citizens and also if the terminated officers of MCSCCE 2016 are third-class citizens made to suffer simply for opting to serve the state.

“We want to make it clear that we as a student body are just as aggrieved as the aspirants of MPSC, and the genuine selected candidates who were abruptly terminated. If not the state government who will ensure that the youth of the state have healthy aspirations. If not the state government who will safeguard the rights of the genuine selected candidates who now live like a social outcast for no fault of their own,” the bodies maintained.

The students’ bodies also expressed their dismay over the MPSC hurriedly trying to conduct re-exam of MCSCCE 2016 mains before penalising those responsible for the MCSCCE 2016 fiasco.

Such nonchalance approach before even making proper rule will only create ‘doubts and distrusts’ in the minds of the people instead of gaining the public confidence, it said.

The bodies now called upon the state government to take a proactive role to ensure justice.

“The government must do what is right and not what is convenient. And with regards to the MPSC, the government must take responsibility if MPSC is not upholding its duties. MPSC must not be allowed to conduct any examinations till the culprits are penalised, and they must be penalised at the earliest,” the bodies said.

The bodies also feel that any of the selected candidates who engaged in wrongdoing should suffer the consequence; however, those who are innocent should be given protection and not discarded to bear the penalty of the wrongs of some other people

“The people of Manipur deserve full and equitable justice. MPSC must be made into a responsible constitutional body for which it has the mandate, and stopped from behaving like a remorseless destroyer of the youth,” it added.

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