UPSC aspirants demand 'complete scrapping' of CSAT, set to intensify protests

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Saima, Star Live 24
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Published On: 10:44:30 AM

New Delhi: Civil services aspirants, who have been protesting against the CSAT exam, are likely to intensify their agitation from Tuesday. 

On Monday, the government had announced changes in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam but the same failed to satisfy the agitating aspirants. 

Many resolved to continue fighting for "complete scrapping" of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). They further announced that the agitation would now shift to Jantar Mantar in central Delhi. 

"We are not satisfied with Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh's speech in Lok Sabha regarding CSAT. We demand complete scrapping of CSAT. We have decided to continue our fight from Jantar Mantar," Pawan, an UPSC aspirant who has been leading the protest, said. 

The minister had yesterday told Parliament that English marks of CSAT-II will not be included for gradation or merit, and candidates of 2011, when CSAT was first introduced, may get another chance to appear for the test next year. 

According to Pawan, the government's announcement failed to fulfil the protesters' demands. 

"We never asked the BJP-led government to modify CSAT pattern. Instead, our demand is to abolish this test for the welfare of lakhs of students who had studied in Hindi medium," he added. 

"Before elections, BJP had promised to scrap this test. The BJP-led central government has cheated lakhs of UPSC aspirants who had hoped that the new government would pay heed to their demand," he said. 

The issue is likely to rock both Houses of Parliament again on Tuesday as the opposition has decided to stand fully with the protesting civil services aspirants. 

Samajwadi Party's Naresh Agarwal today said that his party won’t let Parliament function until the CSAT issue is solved. 

He added that the SP will give a notice for adjournment of the Question Hour to discuss the CSAT row.


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