UPSC row echoes in Rajya Sabha, no timeframe but govt assures House

first_imgThe UPSC row again echoed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with the JD-U and other opposition parties questioning what the government is doing to resolve it. However, the government declined to give a timeframe in Rajya Sabha for resolving the row though it promised to solve it soon even as the Opposition targeted BJP ministers for coming out with different statements on the issue.Students protest against introduction of CSAT in civil services exams outside the UPSC in New Delhi on Monday. PTI PhotoUPSC aspirants are protesting against the pattern of the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) which they believe gives an unfair advantage to English-speaking students while leaving candidates from Hindi or regional languages-background at a disadvantage. They want the CSAT to be scrapped. “The issue was thoroughly discussed for an hour. Both the Home Minister and the Minister for DoPT have said that the issue will be resolved and I promise you that it will be done soon. Government is going to act soon keeping in mind the issue of different regional languages and the sentiments of the students. As soon as decision is taken, the government will inform,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar told the House.Seeking a definite timeline from the government on it, Opposition members however insisted that a resolution should come quickly and the matter should not be allowed to snowball into a nationwide agitation.Raising the issue in the house, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav questioned what steps are being taken by the government. “What is the government doing to resolve the issue? It is not just about the students from Hindi belt, it is about students of regional languages as well,” Yadav said.advertisementThe CSAT-II paper carries questions on comprehension, interpersonal skills including communication skills, logical reasoning and analytical ability, decision-making and problem-solving, general mental ability, basic numeracy, and English language comprehension skills (of Class X level).”By when will the government solve it? What problem the government has in making it clear. You should tell by when you will solve the problem. The seven-day time given by you concludes tomorrow,” he said.Members from Congress, Samajwadi Party, DMK, CPI-M, CPI and Trinamool Congress supported Yadav and asked the government to clarify by when it will resolve the matter.last_img