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Despite Guv's directions only 50 percent of GATE aspirants airlifted from Srinagar
Aspirants hold protest at Srinagar airport, oppose pick & choose policy
2/8/2019 10:17:01 PM
Jehangir Rashid
EarlyTimes Report
SRINAGAR, Feb 8: Chaos and confusion was witnessed at the Srinagar Airport today as scores of Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) aspirants held protest against the administration for their alleged failure to airlift them to Jammu so that they could appear in the examination being conducted on February 9 and 10.
Reports said that scores of GATE aspirants raised hue and cry after they were not airlifted by the authorities to Jammu for appearing in the GATE examination. They said that if private air companies can operate multiple flights to Srinagar in a day why can't the administration arrange the airlifting of GATE aspirants in two different sorties on a single day.
The aspirants said that the administration is befooling them by saying that they would be airlifted on Saturday adding that mere lip service is being rendered to by the people at helm. The aspirants alleged that the administration wants them to miss the GATE examination and for the same they are taking refuge of petty things.
"The government made the announcement that all the GATE aspirants would be airlifted today. We were hoping that all of us would be airlifted and we would be able to appear in the said examination. However, at the eleventh hour the government changed its mind and decided to airlift only half of the people among us," said the aspirants. The aspirants said that there is no dependence of weather conditions in Kashmir valley and there is no surety whether the flights would operate on Saturday or not. They said if the flights are cancelled on Saturday then they would miss the examination thus acting the same as a setback to their career.
"Ideally our centre should have been in Srinagar since we belong to this place but that was not to be. Now if the administration made the announcement about the airlifting of aspirants then there should not have been pick and choose policy. They should have operated two sorties so that all of us landed in Jammu for appearing in the examination," said the aspirants.
GATE is an All-India examination conducted jointly by the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board -GATE, Department of Education in Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD).
An official spokesman said that on directions of Governor Satya Pal Malik, a special flight was operated today in which 180 out of 360 GATE aspirants, who had registered with assistant commissioner in the office of Divisional Commissioner, were airlifted from Srinagar to Jammu free of cost.
The government will arrange another flight for left out aspirants so that they don't miss their opportunity to appear in the examinations, said the official spokesman. He said the aspirants expressed their gratitude to the Governor S P Malik, Advisor to Governor Khurshid Ahmad Ganai, Chief Secretary BVR Subramanyam and Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Khan.
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