Gangtok: The Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) raised concerns about the Inner Line Permit (ILP) and Sikkim Public Service Commission (SPSC) examinations on Friday, questioning the status of the committees established to oversee them. The opposition accused the SKM government of failing to take action despite the high-powered committee submitting its report three months ago. The committee was formed in January to investigate alleged lapses in the recruitment exams for under secretaries, accounts officers, and DSPs. It was tasked with addressing issues such as erroneous questions and missing answer keys.
SPSC examination shortcomings and delay in action
The SDF spokesperson, Rikzing Norbu Bhutia, accused the SKM government of failing to take action against the shortcomings of the Sikkim Public Service Commission (SPSC) examination, despite the high-powered committee submitting its report three months ago. Bhutia demanded that the exams be re-conducted with proper systems in place, as many candidates have already crossed the age limit for eligibility due to the delay.
ILP implementation crucial for containing rising crimes
SDF spokesperson Bandana Sharma questioned the status of the ILP committee formed by the state government on February 5, and demanded that the implementation of ILP in Sikkim be expedited to contain rising crimes against children and women. Bandana stressed that Inner Line Permit implementation is crucial for containing rising crimes, and asked what progress has been made by the ILP panel so far.
Demand for unedited video footage of special assembly session
Bandana Sharma also demanded that the unedited video footage of the special assembly session conducted on ‘Sikkimese’ identity concerns be made public and emphasized that the people have the right to know what their elected representatives spoke during the session.
Candidates’ dreams crushed due to delay in exams
The SDF also reminded that the last SPSC recruitment was held in 2017 followed by the 2023 exams, and there was a gap of almost six years, during which many candidates crossed the age limit and their dreams were crushed.
The opposition has criticized the government for using committees as a means of sidestepping important issues and misleading the public. Such remarks suggest a growing concern among the public about the government’s handling of crucial matters, particularly those related to recruitment exams.
Gangtokian Web Team, 30/04/23