Several districts in Assam are set to face an internet blackout on Sunday as thousands of candidates appear for the second phase of the massive recruitment drive underway to fill vacancies across all government departments in the state . To ensure that there is no possibility of abusing technology to cheat in the exam, the government led by Himanta Biswa Sarma has decided to cut internet lines for the duration of the exams.
Section 144 of the CrPC has also been imposed in some places where the exams take place and strict security measures are in place at each exam centre.
This is the second phase of the recruitment campaign. Candidates who have applied for Class III positions appear for the test today. The first phase took place on August 21.
The third and final phase of the Assam State Government Recruitment Examination is scheduled for September 11.
The Assam government has been much stricter this time as the fortunes of almost 14 lakh candidates depend on the exam against around 30,000 vacancies. It is also by far the largest recruiting drive in the state.
Prior to the second phase, CM Sarma held a meeting with the various stakeholders to ensure the smooth running of the reviews. “We are committed to conducting the ongoing massive recruitment campaign for Grade III and IV positions in the most transparent manner. In a VC, reviewed preparations for holding exams for Gr-III positions across the state tomorrow. Best wishes to all contestants!” he tweeted last night.
Sarma had already ordered district collectors and police commissioners to prepare to prevent unscrupulous elements from disrupting the review process. A sub-inspector level police officer is present at each examination center, a nodal officer has been appointed in each of the 25 districts where the examinations are conducted, while official officers have been tasked with observing that SOPs are correctly executed.
Candidates, as well as invigilators, found in possession of a cell phone or any other electronic gadget in the examination centers will be prohibited. The center responsible for each exam center received two videographers to record all relevant events of the exam.
(With ANI entries)