Assam government to suspend mobile internet in 25 districts for recruitment review

The Assam government will shut down mobile internet services in 25 districts on August 21, 28 and September 11 during a recruitment review for nearly 30,000 grade III and IV positions.

A meeting between Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Secretary, police and other district officials on August 17 decided to ban mobile internet services for three hours during the days of the recruitment exam.

However, broadband services will be allowed.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma, instructed the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) to “strictly adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in letter and spirit to maintain a mechanism surefire way to recruit competent young people seamlessly into different government positions.” ”.

He also said that since 14,30,337 candidates are expected to sit for the recruitment exams, DCs should ensure that no complacency is slipped in that could compromise the sanctity of the exam. He also asked the DCs and SPs to be ready with their men and equipment to prevent unscrupulous elements from disrupting the review process.

The meeting decided that there will be a nodal officer in each of the 25 districts where the examinations are going to take place and Assam government officials will also be put into action for each examination center as observers for ensure that SOPs are correctly and satisfactorily performed. .

In addition, a sub-inspector level police officer will be deployed to each exam center who will be assisted by other police personnel. Candidates and invigilators will be prohibited from carrying cell phones or any other electronic gadget into the examination center.

The center responsible for each exam center will hire two videographers to film all relevant events at the exam centres. No candidate will be allowed to re-enter the test center after the end of the exam for that particular shift. However, the same candidate will only be able to enter at the prescribed time and after having duly searched.

Chief Minister Sarma also instructed the PSs in the respective districts to keep their intelligence network active to help them prevent any motive to disrupt the examination process.

Internet shutdown in India

According to internet freedom and technology policy organisations, India is the top country (by number) for internet disruption incidents and frequency of shutdowns.

For the fourth consecutive year, India has become the country with the highest number of internet shutdowns for reasons ranging from cracking down on protests to preventing online fraud, according to a report by the think tank on the Access Now technology policy.

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