Indore: Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission’s (MPPSC) move to grant place in the merit list of state civil service exams-2015 to three women toppers under woman quota has deprived equal number of needy women candidates of the opportunity to become deputy collector.
Following rule book?
Total number of vacancies for deputy collector’s post in PSC-2015 was 19, of which three were reserved for woman candidates.
Three women were among the five toppers of the exams, final results of which were announced late on Wednesday evening. They were Ankita Tripathi (1st position), Visha Mandhwani (3rd position) and Bharati Devi Mishra (5th position). Alumnus of SGSITS, Ankita scored 1066 marks out of 1575, while Visha and Bharati obtained 1056 and 1036 marks respectively.
But strangely, despite being toppers and thus well eligible for the post of deputy collector even without the help of quota, all the three candidates have been selected for the coveted post under women quota. Such surprising shift has cut short dreams of at least three struggling aspirants, who actually required the benefit of woman quota to become a deputy collector.
“Had they been selected on the basis of performance, the benefit of quota could have been extended to three other women candidates to become deputy collector,” said Sunita Jain, who is fighting against MPPSC over the wrong use of woman quota policy since 2003.
She said that though total 10 female candidates have been selected for deputy collector’s post, the number could have been 13 if Ankita, Visha and Bharati’s selection would have been done on the merit basis and women quota benefit extended to three other women candidates who could not be selected for the post.
When approached, MPPSC officials refused to comment on the issue. Wishing anonymity, an officer said that they had just followed the rulebook given by the state government.