Fresh valuation, interviews for 2011 KPSC recruitments

Govt to initiate criminal action against ex-KPSC chief, seven others
Last Updated 20 September 2013, 19:35 IST

The State Cabinet on Friday decided to conduct revaluation and fresh interviews for the gazette probationers examinations conducted by Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) in 2011 in accordance with the recommendation of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

Briefing reporters about the Cabinet’s decisions, Law Minister T B Jayachandra said the Cabinet also decided to initiate criminal proceedings against those allegedly involved, including the then KPSC chairman Gonal Bheemappa, in the alleged irregularities in the recruitment of 362 gazetted probationers in 2011.

The CID, which probed the alleged recruitment scam, recently submitted its report to the State government. The CID in its report sought the government’s permission to file charge sheet against eight persons allegedly involved in the scam. The Cabinet has accepted the CID report, the minister said.

Those whom the CID wants to chargesheet include Bheemappa, the present KPSC member Dr Mangala Sridhar, the then secretary K R Sundar, section officer Arunachalam, Dr Mangala's personal assistant Ashok Kumar, BWSSB engineer Sudheer, BDA engineer Somesh Chickmath and Secretariat employee Rajashekhar.

Several candidates had accused the KPSC of deliberately awarding them less marks during the interview though they had scored high marks in the written examination.

Jayachandra said re-valuation and fresh interviews will be conducted as per the recommendations of the P C Hota Committee report on bringing in reforms in the KPSC.

The report was accepted by the Cabinet recently, he added.

The minister said the CID probe has revealed that bribe was taken to fill the posts of divisional officers and deputy superintendents of police. Charge sheet has to be filed against those who have been found involved in the scam.

New medical colleges

Jayachandra said the Cabinet decided to set up a sub-committee headed by Higher Education Minister R V Deshpande to look into the proposals to start private medical colleges in the State. The Law Minister and the Medical Education Minister are the other members of the panel.

The government had received three applications seeking permission to start private medical colleges from East Point College of Medical Sciences and Research Centre at Bangalore, Lalithambika Medical College and Hospital at Bangalore and Sambhram Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Private Medical College at KGF. The decision will be taken based on the recommendations of the panel, he added.

Rice procurement

The Cabinet gave its approval to mobilise additional rice required for implementing Anna Bagya scheme in the State. Measures approved include collecting levy rice from rice mill owners, procurement through NCDX and other State governments. The government requires additional 70,000 metric tonnes of rice for the scheme, he added.

(Published 20 September 2013, 19:35 IST)

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