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IAS, IPS, IFS exam could be delayed, UPSC to take call after 3 May when lockdown is lifted

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New Delhi: The preliminary exam of the Civil Services scheduled to be held on 30 May could be postponed, Union Minister of State Jitendra Singh indicated Friday.

In an interview to Doordarshan, Singh said, “We were getting queries from young aspirants about when the UPSC-IAS interview and preliminary exam would be conducted … Now it is natural that till the time the situation is such, nothing can be done.

“So, two days ago, the UPSC came up with a circular saying that whatever it is will happen after the lockdown … We will specify the date, and will give you sufficient time.”

Seeking to reassure young aspirants, Singh cited how the personality test or interview for the IAS (exam) had to be stopped when the lockdown happened. “In the same way, the preliminary exam which was to be held will have to be postponed, but that decision we will take after 3 May,” he added.

Over nine lakh candidates prepare for the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Exam, which selects officers for the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), India Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Revenue Service (IRS) every year.

Approximately, 700-800 candidates get selected for the 20-plus civil services.

UPSC officials said that after the lockdown was extended to 3 May, the Commission decided to take a call on the exam once the lockdown is lifted. “We will examine the situation … We will keep the interests of all candidates in mind,” said an official.


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Aspirants remain anxious

ThePrint had earlier reported on how panic and anxiety had set in among UPSC aspirants given that less than two months are left for the preliminary examination.

Several started online petitions to urge the government to postpone the exam since the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown had derailed their preparations.

One of the petitions on Change.org, filed before the lockdown was extended, says: “We, the aspirants, support our government and its efforts in tackling this pandemic. However, adequate attention must be paid to our issues as well.”

“Anxiety and stress is preventing us from performing at our best. We feel our health is at risk if we are made to write exams during this pandemic,” the petition adds.


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Andhra doctor, suspended for alleging PPE shortage, now beaten by cops for ‘creating nuisance’

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Bengaluru: A doctor with a government hospital in Andhra Pradesh, who was suspended for questioning the shortage of PPE kits, was admitted to a mental health facility Sunday, a day after he was allegedly manhandled by the police and arrested for creating nuisance in Visakhapatnam.

Dr Sudhakar Rao, a government civil surgeon, was beaten, his hands tied behind his back and dragged by police officers Sunday. During the incident, Sudhakar allegedly verbally abused the Jagan Mohan Reddy government in an inebriated state. Videos of the incident have since been widely shared online.

“The police control room received a call about a person creating nuisance on Beach Road Hospital in Visakhapatnam. The Fourth Town police was rushed there and found that the person was the suspended doctor, Sudhakar.

“When the police tried to control him, he snatched the mobile phone of an officer and threw it away. He is suffering from mental disorder and he was drunk. He was sent for a medical examination,” Vishakapatnam Police Commissioner R.K. Meena told the media Sunday.

Sudhakar was admitted to a mental hospital Sunday after doctors at the King George Hospital in Vishakapatnam said he suffered from anxiety.

“Since the doctor is in anxiety and talking irrelevant things, I have referred him to a mental care hospital in Visakhapatnam,” said Dr Radha Rani, medical superintendent, King George Hospital.

A statement released by the hospital said: “Dr Sudhakar was brought to the KGH casualty ward at 6.30 pm. From the smell, it was found that he was in a drunk condition. Under the influence of alcohol, he did not cooperate with anybody there and kept abusing all. Still, his pulse, BP were checked. Pulse was 98, BP 140/100. Blood samples were sent to forensic lab to ascertain alcohol content in his blood.”


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‘Treatment towards Sudhakar was inhuman’

Sudhakar, who spent more than 10 years at the Narsipatnam Government Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, was suspended from his duties in March after he openly criticised the Reddy government for failing to provide PPE kits and N95 masks to doctors treating Covid-19 patients.

He had alleged that the state government was giving N95 masks and PPE kits meant for doctors to politicians and the police.

A video of Sudhakar criticising the government was also shared widely. In the clip, he can be heard saying: “We are putting our lives at risk here. We are asked to use the same mask for 15 days and a fresh mask will be provided only twice a month.”

Speaking to ThePrint, Dr P. Gangadhar Rao, member of the National COVID Committee of the Indian Medical Association, said the manner in which Sudhakar was manhandled by the police was “inhuman” and “violated” human rights.

“We strongly condemn the way he was taken into custody. He was not carrying a weapon, he was alone, the number of policemen outnumbered him. Why treat him like that? We also saw a video where a policeman beats him with a lathi,” said Dr Gangadhar.

He added that Rao was one of the most experienced anaesthetists the Andhra Pradesh government had.

“Our next step of action is to get Sudhakar to write an unconditional apology for having used filthy language, abusing the chief minister and the government. We will then take our appeal to the CM seeking that he be reinstated,” Gangadhar said.


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