Gujarat today ordered an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing in an online test being conducted for the recruitment of engineers for the state-owned Gujarat Energy Transmission Corporation (GETCO).
The exam started today and will continue for the next three days.
The state government jumped into action after the leader of the youth wing of the state AAP unit, Yuvrajsinh Jadeja, alleged that some intermediaries, in collusion with some government officials and a private agency conducting the online test, are helping the candidates to pass the exam online for money.
Hours later, Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani told reporters in Gandhinagar that the chief minister, Bhupendra Patel, ordered an investigation into the allegations.
“Our government believes in transparency. About 35,000 young applicants are taking this online examination, which will continue for three more days. Our Chief Minister has ordered an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing. We will take strict action against the culprits,” he said Mr. Vaghani, who is also the spokesman for the state government, said.
The role of a Maharashtra-based company, which was awarded the contract by GETCO to perform the online recruitment test, is also being questioned. However, Jitu Vaghani defended him saying that the same agency was previously hired to recruit for the Railway Police and also by some central PSUs.
The minister also said there was no immediate plan to cancel the online exam, which began on Tuesday.
Hours earlier, Yuvrajsinh Jadeja held a press conference and alleged that some intermediaries, mostly teachers of training classes, people who work in private companies and some officials, were involved in this “scam” of passing candidates.
The online test, which began at noon today, is being carried out at different centers throughout the state for the hiring of 300 electrical engineers and 53 civil engineers, he said.
“The whole scam is carried out by people residing in the town of Bayad, in the Aravalli district. Candidates who have paid an advance will only pretend to appear in the exam, but will not answer any questions. Instead, people sitting in a control room will click on the answers for them, “stated Mr. Jadeja.
“The name of this agency was also involved in a similar scam in the past. Intermediaries generally charge Rs 20 lakh from each candidate and take Rs 1 lakh to Rs 2 lakh as advance. With the help of this agency and government officials, the correct answers are being clicked from the control room on behalf of the candidate, “he alleged.
In particular, last month the state government canceled an examination conducted for the recruitment of chief secretaries after the police found grounds in Mr. Jadeja’s allegation of the leak of the examination paper.