Govt Orders CBI Inquiry Into SSC Exam; Students Say Other Demands Not Met

Much more needs to be done to bring accountability and transparency in the SSC

After protesting nearly for a week outside the headquarters of Staff Selection Commission in New Delhi, hundreds of protesting SSC job aspirants heaved a sigh of relief on Monday.

The moment of relief came after the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday announced that CBI will start an inquiry into the allegations of malpractices in the recently held Combined Graduate Level exam.

Government job aspirants protesting outside the office of Staff Selection Commission in New Delhi | Source: Indian Express

However, the students said government has accepted only one among their many demands and that a lot more steps were needed to bring accountability and transparency in the SSC.

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“We have accepted the demands of the protesting candidates and ordered a CBI inquiry. The protest should stop now,” Singh was quoted saying by PTI.

Ever since the exam was conducted between February 17 to 22, it has been marred with allegations of corruption. The aspirants had alleged that during the CGL Tier II examination, the answer keys and question papers were compromised. They had also alleged that the screenshots of the question paper and answer keys were leaked on social media prior to the examinations.

“Ordering CBI inquiry into the scam is a welcome step but this will not solve the larger problem,” Shubhansu Bhadauria, an SSC aspirant, told InUth. “We had devised a proper charter of demands for the government to act upon in order to ensure that no malpractices and irregularities are repeated in the examinations. But there’s no word on them from the government.”

Screenshot of charter of demands prepared by SSC aspirants | Source: InUth

According to the charter of demands prepared by SSC aspirants, the students want SSC to get rid of its current private vendors through which it conducts the online examinations. The other demand is to set up a proper and immediate grievance redressal mechanism for students. There’s also a demand for SSC to recognize a nominated student body to accommodate inputs from the students in its conduct of examinations.

The protests, which started last week gained momentum after a string of opposition and youth leaders joined protesting students over the weekend. Hundreds of protesting aspirants had decided to not celebrate Holi this year as a mark of protest.

SSC, which recruits government employees in various central government ministries and departments, is not new to controversies. In the past, the commission has been accused of irregularities and corruption.

“We want accountability and transparency in the system. There’s no guarantee that this won’t be repeated again,” Bhadauria added.