Dalit organisations question govt move to hold KAS prelims

Mysuru, August 10:- Karnataka Rajya Hindulida Vargagala Jagruti Vedike president K S Shivaramu on Monday (Aug 10) slammed the state government for planning to conduct preliminary examinations for Karnataka Adminstrative Service (KAS) on August 24.

Speaking at a presser organised at Mysuru Press Club, he said, “Without going into the pros and cons of the situation, the government, it seems, is in a hurry to conduct the exams. This is giving rise to a lot of suspicions. Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) president, secretary and members are not aware of the existing situation which is a tragedy. The exams should be postponed immediately.”

Shivaramu said, “In the first place, they should have thought of conducting FDA exams. Why are they not talking anything about it? The corruption involved in KAS postings on earlier occasions is still fresh in people’s memory. Life has come to a standstill in the 10-12 districts because of the floods. When people are struggling for their survival, what was the hurry to hold KAS exams? Is it that important at this juncture?”

Blasting the government further, the leader said, “On an average, the state is registering 7,500 coronavirus cases almost daily. It is expected to touch 12,000 by August 24. In these testing times, can we expect people to take examinations? How right it is to compare KAS exams with that of SSLC exams?”

Shivaramu said, “KPSC should take all the precautionary measures before conducting the exams. It should provide transport facility to all those who come to write exams. In the event of their family members contracting coronavirus, it is the duty of KPSC to bear their medical expenses.”

To further force the government to postpone the preliminaries,  Shivaramu said there will be postcard protest at 11.30 am in the city on Tuesday (August 11). Dalit leader P Raju, Dalit student leader Sosale Mahesh, youth leader R K Ravi and writer Punith N were present. (MR/KS)



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