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NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa and general secretary Sinam Prakash Singh said the organisation is concerned about the plight of lakhs of candidates who had their last attempt in 2020 and 2021 and are ineligible to appear in 2022, either due to being the age bar or by virtue of exhausting their permissible number of attempts.

Shillong: The North East Students’ Organisation (NESO) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking compensatory attempt in 2022 as a one-time relief for all UPSC Civil Services and other Group A, B & C SERVICES Central Government candidates in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa and general secretary Sinam Prakash Singh said the organisation is concerned about the plight of lakhs of candidates who had their last attempt in 2020 and 2021, and are ineligible to appear in 2022, either due to the age limit or by virtue of exhausting their permissible number of attempts.

“Even those who attempted the paper also faced many hardships due to this pandemic. The candidates in essential services and frontline workers had to attend to rigorous Covid duty during the pandemic, and, as a result, they were unable to effectively attempt the paper,” the NESO said in its statement.

The NESO comprises Khasi Students’ Union (KSU), All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), Naga Students’ Federation (NSF), Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), Twipra Students’ Federation (TSF), All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU), Garo Students’ Union (GSU) and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), representing eight major students movement in the seven northeastern states of the country.

The NESO further added that due to the pandemic, candidates from remote areas had to migrate back home from their study centers, and those from economically poor section had to bear the brunt of the lockdown. Many even lost their jobs.

“Mental distress and panic situation all round was the environment at that time. Inappropriate reading material, closure of coaching centers and libraries, anxiety and depression issues due to the lockdown are some other consequences of the sufferings related to this pandemic,” the group said.

In their written appeal to the PM, the NESO has listed their requests. They are

1) Relaxation for pandemic-affected years.

2) All aspirants who had their last attempt in 2020 be entitled with two years age relaxation and allowed two more attempts.

3) Aspirants who had the last chance in 2021 be allowed another attempt.

4) The relaxation to be made applicable to all aspirants who are ineligible either due to the age limit or by virtue of exhausting their permissible number of attempts.

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