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HP denies irregularities in recruitment of constables

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Shimla, Feb 22 (UNI) There were no irregularities in the recruitment of constables for third and first India Reserve Battalions and the entire process was fair and impartial and in accordance with the rules and instructions, an official spokesman today said.

''No irregularities have been committed during the recruitment process and the height and chest measurements of candidates were taken under the supervision of a medical officer,'' he said, in an official release here.

The spokesman was reacting to yesterday's press conference of former chief minister P K Dhumal wherein he had accused the state government of indulging in ''gross and blatant'' irregularities in the recruitment of police constables.

He had also demanded a high level probe into the matter, saying all norms, procedures and rules were thrown to winds and candidates from general candidates were recruited against OBC quota after tinkering with the reservation quota of OBCs.

The spokesman said the vacancies were distributed among all the districts in accordance with the reservation policy of the state government on the basis of vertical and horizontal reservation.

Recruitment Boards were constituted range wise for carrying out recruitment which were headed by a DIG, SP of the concerned district, a commandant of the battalion and an ITBP officer.

He said a medical officer of the district hospital was also an associate member of the committee.

Separate question papers were set for different districts for the written examination, he said, adding that since the vacancies were distributed on the basis of population percentage, the candidates of a particular district had to compete with the candidates of the same district.

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