Monday 29 August 2016
facebook.com/Outlookindia twitter.com/outlookindia digimag.outlookindia.com instagram.com/outlookindia youtube.com/user/OutlookMagazine

UPSC Exam to Be Held as Per Schedule on Aug 24: Govt

New Delhi
File - PTI Photo/TV Grab

The civil services examination will be held as per schedule on August 24, the government declared today in Parliament, while saying that consultations will be held with various parties and stakeholders on the matter after the current session.

"As for this year, there is no scope for postponement of (UPSC preliminary) examination," Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said as opposition created uproar in Rajya Sabha demanding an all-party meeting immediately.

Civil services aspirants are agitating against more weightage given to English in the exam.

Naidu said the UPSC issue requires "deep" study and discussion with political parties and other stakeholders as there are both sides of the argument about the CSAT in UPSC.

"...After the session, government is ready to discuss it with all" to reach a consensus, he said, adding the government has taken a correct decision in this regard and minds of students should not be disturbed.

As members insisted for all-party meeting before August 24, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said there is already a view among many members that it will not be possible to find a solution to the issue immediately.

"An all-party meeting has to take place to discuss wider reforms. We will inform about the date later on," he said.

Earlier, government had announced marks of English will not be included for gradation or merit in UPSC exam.

As soon as the House met for the day, opposition parties including SP and BSP raised the issue and demanded that government should immediately call an all-party meeting to resolve the matter as it affects lakhs of students.

In the Lok Sabha, AIADMK leader M Thambidurai made a strong plea that the UPSC exam should be conducted in all regional languages to provide level-playing field to students from all over the country.

Advertisement

Members of Congress, RJD and some other parties associated with Thambidurai. Responding to their concerns, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the matter was raised in the House earlier also and three years have passed since certain changes were made.

"Changes cannot be done overnight. The issue of different Indian languages being allowed needs to be debated and discussed. It cannot be done in 10-15 days. The exam will be held on August 24... We will take a view after in-depth discussions with all concerned including UPSC," he said.

Raising the UPSC issue in Rajya Sabha, Satish Misra (BSP) wanted to know why the government was delaying an all-party meeting.

He said in the past, all-party meetings have been convened held on important issues within 24 hours.

Sharad Yadav (J-U) demanded an all-party meeting today itself.

Trinamool Congress and Left parties raised the issue of Cabinet decision to open up railway infrastructure segment to FDI and raising the foreign investment cap in defence.

When Derek O'Brien (TMC) said that news of liberalisation of FDI in the two sectors was reported by media, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the matter was discussed during debate on the railway and general budget and also at the time of Finance Bill.

Cabinet only took formal decision on the budget announcements, Jaitley said.

Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) pointed out that a notice for suspension of Question Hour was given, to which Chairman Hamid Ansari said the questions are important and Question Hour will not be suspended.

Amid uproar over the two issues, Chair adjourned the House for 15 minutes at around 11.15 AM. When the House reassembled, the Question Hour was taken up.

The issue was raised in the Rajya Sabha again during Zero Hour with Yechury asking whether the government intends to convene the all-party meeting before August 24.

He insisted that the all-party meeting be called before August 24, when the preliminary examination of UPSC is scheduled.

Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) demanded that government should call the meeting tomorrow or day after and rued that police cases have been registered against protesting UPSC aspirants.

READ MORE IN:
PLACES: New Delhi
SECTION: National
OUTLOOK 07 August, 2014
© Copyright PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of any PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.
Download the Outlook ​Magazines App. Six magazines, wherever you go! Play Store and App Store

Post a Comment

You are not logged in, please Log in or Register
  • Daily Mail
THE LATEST ISSUE
CLICK IMAGE FOR CONTENTS
OUTLOOK ON TWITTER
POLLS

In 1999, India and France entered into a $3.5 billion deal for the supply of these submarines. The first of the 6 subs is out on sea trials for the last three months and is to be commissioned later this year. At this stage, a newspaper in Australia has revealed secret data on the submarines, plausibly stolen from India. Indian Defence authorities have ruled out any pilferage of data from India.

POLL STARTED ON: Aug 26, 2016
Quiz
Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro is hosting the 31st Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. This is the first Olympics being held in South America and is going on even as a majority Brazilians are unhappy with their rulers. Here’s a quiz on some random Olympic facts and related trivia.
QUIZ STARTED ON: Aug 11, 2016
Advertisement