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Recruitment rules row: Jharkhand HC seeks government reply

Ranchi: Jharkhand high court has sought state government’s reply over the recent recruitment rules introduced by it amid widespread controversy since its implementation over exclusion of Hindi, English and few other regional languages from the list of examinations but included Urdu and Oriya. A division bench of Chief Justice Dr. Ravi Ranjan and Justice Sujit Narayan Prasad while hearing a petition yesterday directed Hemant Soren government to file its reply over the matter.

Petitioners Hansda and Kaushal Kumar had approached the high court against Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission Conducting of Examination (Graduate) Amendment Rules 2021 calling them unconstitutional. According to the amended rules, candidates of the reserved category from outside the state have been given the liberty to appear in the exams after completion of matriculation or intermediate examinations, whereas the liberty is not granted to candidates in the unreserved category. The court was informed that Hindi and English were removed from the list of languages in the examination and instead Oriya and Urdu got included in the list of regional languages. The bench queried reasons for removing Hindi from the list of languages. The case has been posted for next hearing on December 22.

Opposition BJP has been critical against the new rules accusing the government of appeasement politics.