UP gears up to hold Lekhpal examination

Lucknow, Sep 12 - Uttar Pradesh government has geared up to hold a massive examination for the post of Lekhpals (Revenue Record Keepers) to be held in the state tomorrow.

Around 27 lakh candidates would appear at 2192 examination centers for the post of 13,316 Lekhpals in the state.

Official sources here today said that special secretary rank officer has been deputed in every district to ensure that the examination is conducted in a free and fair manner.

The government has hired Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) to maintain complete transparency in the exercise.

A control room has also been set up in every district to ensure that the examination is conducted fairly and peacefully.

While around 1.66 lakh candidates will appear for the examination in Lucknow, 1.56 lakh will appear in Varanasi. More than 1 lakh candidates each will take the written exams in Gorakhpur, Kanpur and Agra.In nine cities —Azamgarh, Jaunpur, Meerut, Ghazipur, Ballia, Bareilly, Moradabad, Ghaziabad and Aligarh the number of applicants are over 50,000 for each city.

Faced with the unprecedented situation of handling close to 27 lakh candidates in a single day the state’s chief secretary Alok Ranjan and the chairman of the Board of Revenue Anil Gupta yesterday held video conferencing with all the zonal IGs, DIGs, divisional commissioners and SSPs of the districts for reviewing the preparations.

Officials said every center will get three sets of question papers and in case of any complaint that the question papers has been leaked, necessary action will be initiated.

The examinations would be on two shifts in the morning and afternoon.

Inspector general (law & order) Satish Ganesh said here today that an elaborate security blanket had been drafted to ensure that the examination was held in a peaceful atmosphere. "Instructions have been issued to the district police to deploy sufficient force around examination centers and ensure police patrolling at public places till the examinees disperse," he said.

The state headquarters have provided 12 companies of PAC to various districts and this force will be available with the government railway police (GRP) to maintain order during the exam.

Meanwhile, UP Revenue Minister Shivpal Singh Yadav has appealed to the people not to fall prey to touts promising selection. "People should not fall prey to touts and should inform the police immediately in case they come to know about people promising Lekhpal's job for a premium. I have come to know that people, claiming proximity to me or other ministers in the government are on the lookout for gullible candidates, beware of them," Mr Yadav said.

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