9th Oct 2019 10:10:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 9: Hundreds of deprived compassionate ground candidates of Arunachal Pradesh Police (APP) staged dharna at police headquarters today. Agitating candidates are seeking answers to reason behind their rejection from the Director General of Police.
The next of kin of police personnel killed while on duty and who were denied constable jobs under the Arunachal Pradesh Police Compensatory Appointment Scheme have requested the concerned authority to defer the ensuing medical test of the recently nominated  325 candidates scheduled to be held this month, citing unfair selection in the recruitment process.
In a press conference, one of the applicants who asked to remain anonymous alleged that "the compassionate appointment has not been made following terms of the scheme and while taking into consideration the financial condition of the family of the deceased".
Terming it as a matter of great concern especially for those families who lost their only breadwinner, he claimed that they unearthed names of many candidates who were not eligible to get selected.
"It has come to our notice that many applicants not qualified were also appointed while rejecting genuine aspirants living in penury," he alleged.
 He also questioned the police department regarding the criterion or basis on which they were given appointments while there were many genuine applicants in a row.
Justifying his claims, he informed that while rejecting genuine dependent of deceased who died in harness in the late '90s, the police department has accepted even applications of the family members of deceased personnel who expired while in service in between 2011-2019.
When questioned if police department had conducted an assessment before nominating the applicant names, a widow of a police personnel informed that no such assessment was made to verify the relevant factors such as the presence of an earning member, financial condition, age of the children and the essential needs of the family of deceased, etc.
Demanding re-verification of remaining  183 aspirants whose application was rejected, she requested concerned authority to ensure that a compassionate appointment is made only to a member of such bereaved family which is in destitution or is unable to meet the financial crisis resulting from the personnel's death in harness and on the basis of seniority.
Koj Anku, one of the aggrieved added ‘My mother was supposed to get the job against my father who expired in 2008 but she also expired in 2014. Department has assured to give the same job to my brother but surprisingly his name is missing from the list’ she lamented. Earlier, in the afternoon the deprived aspirants also met Director General of Police (DGP) and submitted a memorandum highlighting their grievances.

Meanwhile, the aspirants claimed that during the meeting, DGP termed their demand as genuine and assured to look into their demands.
When contacted, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Headquarters and Training)– Kime Kaming clarified that there is no pick and choose policy in the department and we have done the recruitment  in a most transparent manner. Moreover, there is no rule in the norms that compassionate job should be given on seniority basis, clarified the DIGP.
He further disclosed that board members have set some criteria to give priority to those killed in active duty—widows whose lone earning member died within 1 to 15 years, the differently abled person in a family, the extent of family members, no pension received under new pension schemes, driving license against driver post and lastly few posts to those who are fit both in education, physique, and personality. 
We also, feel sorry for the remaining candidates but we are also helpless because there is no such rule of seniority. However, they will get opportunity as there is a rule that in every recruitment 5% is reserved for those compassionate candidates only, he informed.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
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