Karnataka Home Minister Announces 3 Re-Examination for 545 Police Sub-Inspector Posts

Amidst Irregularities, Karnataka Government Responds to Recruitment Concerns, Promises Accountability for Scandal Fallout

Belagavi: Karnataka Home Minister Dr G Parameshwara announced the re-examination for the recruitment of 545 Police Sub-Inspectors (PSIs). Originally slated for December 23, the re-examination will now take place on January 23.

The minister provided this update in response to a query posed by MLA Basanagouda Patil Yatnal during the zero hour of the Belagavi session on Monday.

The government had issued a notification on October 3, 2021 for the recruitment of 545 PSIs.

Following irregularities, including the use of Bluetooth devices and Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) modifications, in the written examination, the previous government ordered a re-examination.

Some candidates contested this decision in the High Court, which, after thorough hearing on November 10, this year, approved the re-examination.

In compliance with the court order, the Karnataka Examination Authority will now conduct the written test instead of the police department.

Concurrently, a new notification for the recruitment of 403 additional PSIs has been issued. The Finance Department has given the nod for the recruitment of 600 PSIs.

Originally scheduled for Dec 23 to prevent seniority confusion among the PSI appointments, the exam for 545 PSIs will now take place on Jan 23. A total of 54,301 candidates are expected to appear for the exam, with the venue restricted to Bengaluru to prevent malpractices.

During the session, members of the house expressed unanimous objection, contending that a month's time for the written test could adversely impact meritorious students.

They asked the Home Minister to postpone the exam. In response to these concerns, the Home Minister agreed to reschedule the recruitment re-examination to January 23.

With more than 1500 PSI posts vacant in the state, affecting law and order maintenance, the Home Minister stated that 450 Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) have been assigned PSI responsibilities under Rule 32, with the approval of CM Siddaramaiah.

Minister Priyank Kharge affirmed the commitment to accountability, stating that those involved in the recruitment scam would face appropriate consequences as per the wishes of the opposition members.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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