HYDERABAD: The Singareni Collieries Company Limited and the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University refuted allegations of irregularities in conducting the recruitment test for the post of junior assistant (grade II), saying that a transparent and foolproof system was followed.
The massive job recruitment test on October 10 conducted by the government ran into troubled waters following allegations that over 470-odd jobs were sold and questions papers leaked, with the involvement of invigilators. It was alleged that persons belonging to a single family scored same marks or were selected. However, authorities denied any foul play, saying each and every stage has been monitored and there was no manual intervention at any stage of the examination.
Out of the 70,509 candidates who appeared for the exam, 67,000 are from the four districts of Adilabad, Karimnagar, Warangal and Khammam, while the rest are from the remaining six districts of Telangana.
“Inquiries into each allegation were made and were found to be wrong. It is a well-known fact that in these four districts, a lot of people do have common surname across castes and categories. Likewise, in the junior assistant examination also, there are many candidates with common surname but they hail from different places and castes,” said J Pavitran, director, finance and PA (SCCL).
During the verification, it was found out that twins by the name of Bandari Ramudu and Bandari Laxman scored identical marks and got selected but their responses to questions were different.
Another complaint about five candidates of same family by surname Bandi getting selected was found to be wrong as each one was from a different caste and area.
“It was found out that only four pairs (eight candidates) were found to be from the same families but were found to have ranks distinctly apart. It was noticed that these candidates have appeared for examination at different test centres. Also the allegation of 70 to 80 candidates being from a single locality, Nagarjuna colony, Mancherial, is wrong,” added the SCCL official.
Meanwhile, Prof NV Ramana Rao, convenor (examination), JNTU-H, said the institute has approached the Cyberabad Police for conducting an inquiry into the allegations and for taking action against those spreading rumours.