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Strict vigil for KPSC examination tomorrow

By Our Special Correspondent

BANGALORE, FEB. 25. The Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) has made arrangements for Gazetted Probationers' preliminary examination scheduled for Sunday. A total of 1,02,226 candidates are taking the examination to be held in 294 centres.

According to a KPSC release, Bangalore revenue division has the highest number of 46,928 candidates, followed by 26,203 in Dharwad, 16,872 in Mysore and 11,983 in Gulbarga.

The arrangements made for Sunday's examinations have been dictated by allegations and controversies that dogged the Gazetted Probationers' main examination conducted by the KPSC in 1999.

The KPSC had embroiled itself in controversies with regard to the conduct of the main examination that year. There was inordinate delay in the announcement of results and the matter had been taken to High Court. There were allegations with regard to those examinations such as allotment of inflated marks for theory papers and favouritism in the final selection. The Government has placed the then Secretary to the KPSC, Monappa, under suspension.

Four members of the same family were among the first 10 rank holders in that examination lending strength to the allegation of favouritism.

While Mr. Monappa has been proceeded against, the last word has not yet been said about those assigned the top 10 ranks in group A posts.

For Sunday's preliminary examination, the KPSC Chairman, H.N. Krishna, has placed four members of the commission directly in charge at various centres. They are Mohamed Ali Khan (Dharwad), H.S. Patil (Hubli), Venkataswamy (Mysore) and Dasaiah (Gulbarga). Other than Bangalore, members of the Commission will be present at the district headquarters when the question papers are deposited for safe custody in government treasuries.

Dr. Krishna has made arrangements for taking the question papers to the centres under police security. The answer scripts will be placed securely in government treasuries. Observers have been appointed at the rate of one for every 10 centres.

The KPSC has asked three of its officials to go into complaints from the candidates. They are D.S. Murali Krishna (Hubli-Dharwad, mobile telephone no. 9845891678), I.B. Niravani (Gulbarga - 9448309122) and E.S.Manjaiah (Mysore - 9448313772).

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