Assam Holds Recruitment Examination With Mobile Internet Shutdown

Some 30,000 vacancies in grades 3 and 4 in various state services to be filled

Some 30,000 vacancies in grades 3 and 4 in various state services to be filled

GUWAHATI

The state government on Sunday suspended mobile internet connectivity for almost four hours in 25 of the total 35 districts for holding government recruitment exams to fill about 30,000 grade III and IV positions in various departments.

A total of 14,30,337 candidates are expected for the examination of the written tests, which are scheduled for August 21, 28 and September 11. On Sunday, internet connectivity was cut from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. The exams are taking place as part of a campaign to create 100,000 jobs after the BJP returns to power in Assam.

Article 144 imposed

Apart from shutting down mobile internet, Section 144 has been imposed within a 100 meter radius of the examination centers as well as the Assam Board of Secondary Education compound in the Bamunimaidam area of ​​the city. The board conducts the exam on behalf of the State Recruitment Commission for Grade III and Grade IV positions.

Announcing the temporary ban on mobile data a few days ago, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma apologized to the people for the inconvenience this would cause. “This measure was necessary to avoid a possible leakage of the questionnaire via WhatsApp during the exam,” he said later.

A third competition is scheduled for September 11 for the recruitment of drives in the various government departments of the State. A decision on whether or not to shut down mobile internet that day will be made later, officials said.

The shutdown of mobile internet has drawn criticism. The Assam unit of the All India Professionals’ Congress says such measures apparently aimed at curbing cheating in recruitment exams for government jobs are ridiculous and comical as cellphones are not allowed inside examination centers.

“According to this logic, the internet should be banned across the country during Union Civil Service Commission examinations,” said unit chairman Gauravv Somani.

The BJP countered by citing the example of Congress-ruled Rajasthan, which blocked mobile internet and text messaging in 2021 during exams to recruit teachers.

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