Published: 03rd November 2021
HC asks Kerala Public Service Commission to help candidates who missed tests due to recent disasters
KPSC told the court that it was vigilant and had many times in the past, rescheduled the examinations in the wake of natural disasters
The Kerala High Court on November 3 said that if there are candidates who could not sit for the Kerala Public Service Commission (KPSC) exams due to the recent natural disasters, the authorities may take appropriate steps for their reexamination requests if they receive any. The exams were held on October 31.
The "reservation" by the court came during the hearing of a plea by a man claiming to be a social worker who had said that there were people in relief camps in the Pathanamthitta and Alappuzha districts who were unable to take up the KPSC exams scheduled on October 31.
The petitioner had condemned the alleged "nonchalant approach of the KPSC" in the wake of the unprecedented rains which badly affected the state. KPSC, on the other hand, told the court that it was vigilant and had many times in the past, rescheduled the examinations in the wake of natural disasters. It also told the court that on assessment of the present situation in the state, it did not warrant any rescheduling of the exams.
After hearing both sides, the court said it was not convinced that there should be any rescheduling. "We see no reason to stay the examinations, but would only observe that if there are candidates who were denied participation due to the natural disaster and if they are able to convince the KPSC about their inability to attend due to the disaster, then the KPSC could take appropriate measures which would be possible."
However, any such request should be placed before the KPSC within one month from the date of examination. "With the above reservation, the writ petition would stand closed," the court said.