Mobile internet will be suspended in Assam on Sunday for exams in government departments

Mobile internet services will be suspended in several districts of Assam on Sunday as the state government organizes a written exam for Grade III positions in various departments. The internet will be suspended to ensure free and fair exams.

The local government has also issued restraining orders under Section 144, which prohibits the gathering of four or more people in an area, as a preventive security measure.

Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also reviewed preparations for the exam on Saturday.

Also on August 21, mobile internet services were suspended in 25 districts of Assam when the state held exams for grade IV positions. This was to ensure that no candidate cheated with the help of the internet.

The state will hold the final phase of exams for Grade IV positions on September 11. To date, no internet order suspension has been pronounced for this day.

The Guwahati High Court refused to stay the mobile internet suspension order as a motion for an injunction was filed against the order. The administration also issued orders under Section 144 that prohibited the gathering of people other than candidates, scribes and officials within 100 yards of exam centers.

The Chief Minister provided an update on preparations for the review via an online meeting with government officials. An official statement informed that he had given strict instructions to ensure that no one resorted to unfair means during the examination. He asked officials to ensure that the review is conducted in a transparent manner as it was on August 21.

Sarma also asked officials to manage traffic in their areas before and after the exam and to ensure that no candidate encounters difficulties in getting to the center. The Chief Minister was briefed on the arrangements by DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, Principal Secretary Niraj Verma and other officials.

Himanta Biswa Sarma asserted that the government apparatus will become efficient if government positions are filled by people selected on merit. He also added that this will be crucial in transforming Assam into one of the most developed and progressive states in the country.

The Board of Secondary Education Assam (SEBA) conducts examinations for nearly 30,000 positions in Grade III and IV categories. The council expects more than 14.30 lakh candidates to appear for the exams.

Section 144 of the CrPC was also imposed within a 100-meter radius of the SEBA office until the board receives, files and reviews candidate responses.

With entries from PTI.

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