Controversial UPSC notification kept in abeyance after uproar

Sat 16 Mar 2013

Bowing to all-round pressure in Parliament, Government on Friday kept in abeyance the recently issued controversial notification of the UPSC which gave more weightage to English in the Civil Services exams.

The announcement was made in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy after an impromptu debate on the issue following repeated uproar and three adjournments with members demanding immediate revocation of the March 5 notification.

As members sought punishment for officials responsible for issuing the “unconstitutional” circular, JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav went to the extent of demanding the sacking and impeachment of the chief of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

“Government will call a meeting of the UPSC to discuss and resolve the issue. In the meanwhile, we will keep the notification in abeyance. Status quo ante will be maintained,” Narayanasamy said.

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