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Subversive Silence

The Vyapam scam is a frightening reminder of cynicism and impunity.

It seems inexplicable that a media, hungry for scams and scandals, has failed to pursue the admission-cum-recruitment racket in Madhya Pradesh (MP), popularly known as the Vyapam scam. From 2013, when its real magnitude became widely known, 45 witnesses and accused in the case have died in mysterious circumstances while another 2,000 accused face inquiries and allegations that go up to the chief minister of the state, his ministers and associates. Yet, the national media has not demanded conclusive answers from the meandering investigation into a scandal that has ruined the careers and even lives of thousands of young medical aspirants and other professionals recruited through the process. It has also eroded public trust in doctors. Even the judiciary has not taken a proactive stance, as it has in so many other cases, to ensure that the investigation is monitored and time-bound. And despite the recent r­eport of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) taking the state government to task for “systematic subversion of rules,” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership, which is so quick to jeer at the “corrupt” Congress, has maintained a studied silence.

The CAG report—tabled in the state assembly in late March—pointed out that there was no regulatory framework for examinations conducted by the Professional Examination Board or the Vyavsayik Pariksha Mandal (Vyapam) even after news of the scam broke, thereby jeopardising the careers of candidates for entrance and recruitment. No data is maintained on the number of exams for induction into the government services showing up the “opacity in recruitment” and eroding the board’s credibility, it added. But perhaps the most damning observation is about the state government not allowing the CAG access to Vyapam’s records because the latter was not a government body, when for all practical purposes it was under government control. The state government got Vyapam to make all recruitments, overlooking the state staff selection commission and also appointed its chair, director and controller from the pool of state government officers, says the report.

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Updated On : 28th Aug, 2017
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