On one hand the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is determined to reject the students’ demand to withdraw English comprehension component of CSAT and on the other hand, agitation of civil services aspirants has find supporters in the Parliament. Also Read - Inspiring! Meerut Woman Who Left Home To Avoid Forced Marriage Returns As PCS Officer 7 Years Later
In an internal note circulated amongst UPSC members, they have resolved unanimously to not cave in to the to do away with the CSAT English test. They suspect that private IAS coaching institutes are fuelling students’ agitation. The full bench UPSC meeting will take place on Monday to take the final decision on the CSAT issue. Also Read - Before Reporting For Duty, This Bengaluru Cop Teaches Children of Migrant Workers Everyday For An Hour
UPSC decision is not under control of the Union government but the Centre is under tremendous pressure from the civil services aspirants, especially those from Hindi belt, to get CSAT Paper II changed in a manner that it does not remain biased in favour of students from urban India or English-medium backgrounds. Also Read - Ready to Send Children Back to School? 78% Parents Say No, Willing to Let Kids Repeat An Academic Year
Opposition also criticised the government in Lok Sabha on July 31 for police action against CSAT protesters. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu assured the LS members that even government insiders are agitated on the issue and want it resolved quickly. He also said that the issue is not limited to Hindi medium students but also affects students from areas where regional languages are in vogue.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow the members to raise the issue before the House proceedings started but she did allow them to discuss it after the Question Hour. Samajwadi Party MP Dharmendra Yadav alleged that the Narendra Modi government is displaying ‘double standards’ as on one hand, it talks about promoting Hindi but on the other hand, it is turning a ‘deaf ear’ to aspirants from Hindi and vernacular languages backgrounds.
Final decision on UPSC CSAT matter is expected by the evening of Monday – August 4, 2014.
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