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76 eligible candidates’ fate under red tape in Odisha

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Cuttack: Even after clearing the administrative examination conducted by Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), the fate of eligible candidates is lying under red tape.

Amidst the rising rate of unemployment both in public and private sectors in the State, the government’s policy in delaying the appointment process triggers outrage among unemployed educated youths, who have been waiting for jobs for years.

According to reports, 76 eligible candidates, who cleared the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) – 2011, conducted by OPSC for filling up of 494 posts, are yet to get posted. The file relating to their appointment is pending with the government in the past four months.

In view of SEBC reservation controversy, the OPSC selected 418 candidates withholding the results of 76 candidates. The results were out on February 23, 2016. Challenging the OPSC against its decision, 76 candidates had moved State Administrative Tribunal (SAT). Hearing the matter on July 15, 2016, the tribunal directed the OPSC to release the names for filling up remaining 76 posts.

The OPSC challenged the verdict in Orissa High Court, which upheld the SAT decision on March 1, 2017. Following the directive, the OPSC released the names of the 494 successful candidates for all the posts on May 17, 2017.

Meanwhile, the government had appointed 418 candidates for various posts in the departments. The remaining 76 candidates are now waiting to get appointment.

However, the candidates spend their days with disappointment due to government’s inactiveness and delay in taking decision.

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