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SC Notice To UPSC Over Exam Postponement Plea

The Supreme Court docket has sought response from the Centre and the Union Public Service Fee on a plea searching for postponement of civil companies 2020 examinations in view of spike in COVID-19 circumstances and floods.

A bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar and Sanjiv Khanna issued notices to UPSC, Centre and posted the matter for listening to on September 28, 2020.

The petitioners have sought postponement of the Civil Providers Examination for 2 to a few months, in order that the flood/incessant rains go away and COVID-19 curve flattens.

The plea filed by Vasireddy Govardhana Sai Prakash and others submitted that the choice of the united states to conduct the examination in accordance with the Revised Calendar, violates the rights of the petitioners and people equally located, beneath Article 19 (1) (g) of the Structure to observe their chosen occupation/occupation of serving the general public.

The plea has been filed by 20 UPSC aspirants by way of advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava towards conducting of the Civil Providers (Preliminary) Examination on October 4.

In accordance with the plea this seven hours lengthy Offline examination, will likely be taken by roughly six lakh aspirants at take a look at centres in 72 cities throughout the nation.

Conducting the aforesaid examination throughout India at such perilous time, is nothing else however placing lives of lakhs of younger college students (together with Petitioners herein) at utmost threat and hazard of illness and dying. Additionally, the pure calamities like flood, incessant rain, landslides and so forth. are prone to immediately have an effect on the life and well being of the Petitioners and plenty of equally located college students.

Therefore, the impugned Revised Calendar is totally arbitrary, unreasonable, whimsical and patently violative of the Proper to Well being and Proper to Lifetime of the Petitioners herein and lakhs of equally located college students, beneath Article 21, the petition acknowledged.

The plea stated the Civil Providers Examination, being a recruitment examination, is altogether totally different from an educational examination and within the occasion of its postponement, there wouldn’t be any query of delay or lack of any tutorial session.

It stated that attributable to non-availability of examination centres of their hometowns, many aspirants are going through unimaginable hardship attributable to non-availability of or unsafe well being circumstances in, the PG lodging/ hostels/ motels and so forth., the place they’re pressured to stick with their relations, as soon as they’re travelling to an outstation Examination Centre.

It’s pertinent to say right here that regardless of alarming spurt in COVID-19 pandemic, UPSC didn’t improve the variety of Examination Centres, ensuing right into a scenario the place many candidates from rural areas will likely be pressured to journey for round 300-400 Kilometres, in an effort to attain to their Examination Centres and there will likely be excessive likelihood of such aspirants, getting affected whereas utilizing public transportation for such journey, the plea stated.

(PTI)

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