Row over hurried appointments in Andaman's PBMC

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Port Blair, Sep 23 (UNI) A large number of appointments in the Port Blair Municipal Council(PBMC), the lone civic body of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, have triggered a fresh controversy.

The Congress and CPI(M) have already lodged written complaints while a few private candidates have filed cases against the appointments in PBMC, terming them illegal.

The situation became tense after appointments of five junior engineers, one sanitary inspector and a number of draughtsmen amidst controversy and protests.

Recently the CPI, CPI(M) and Congress in letters to Lt Governor of the Islands Bhopinder Singh, requested him to cancel all the interviews and appointments issued so far.

The CPI(M) alleged that all the appointments to a large number of posts in various categories have been resorted to by the PBMC in a most illegal and arbitrary manner. No written test was conducted by the council, the party secretary alleged in the letter.

''Money had played a major role in case of such appointments,'' and the entire process was being done in an orchestrated way without much opposition, said K Ganeshan, the Congress spokesperson.

However, highly placed sources told UNI that the Island's administration was looking into all the allegations against the PBMC.

UNI

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