Anti-exam protesters refuse to relent

August 06, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

New Delhi: Protests over the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) continued to rage in parliament as well as on the streets yesterday, a day after the government assurance that the marks for English language comprehension skills will not be included in preparing the

merit list.

While the protesting aspirants said they will settle for nothing less than the scrapping of the “discriminatory” CSAT and will continue their agitation, the issue once again rocked both houses of parliament, leading to disruptions and several adjournments.

Briefing BJP members at a parliamentary party, Union Urban Development Minister and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the government’s move to not include English marks in the merit list was the “best and quick” solution.

Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha disrupted the house while seeking a debate over the issue.

As members continued agitating, an angry Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said he would not allow a debate without proper notice. When AIADMK members trooped near the chairman’s podium, Ansari told them to go back to their seats. But the members refused to relent, forcing the chairman to adjourn the house till noon.

When the house reassembled, opposition members were once again on their feet demanding a debate on the issue.

“The government has given a knee-jerk reaction to agitating students. It is a counter-reaction,” Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’Brien said.

“The announcement has made the matter more complex,” he said. DMK member Kanimozhi said regional languages have been “discriminated against”.

The government had earlier also said that those who gave the UPSC exam in 2011, will be given another chance in 2015.

Communist Party of India-Marxist member P Rajeeve asked: “What about those who gave exam in 2012, and 2013... and what about the age limit.”

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien asked the members to give a proper notice, to which the members later agreed.