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The qualifications of many of the scribes provided by KPSC were not as per the Central government guidelines, counsel for the petitioners argued.
The Karnataka High Court this week questioned the Karnataka Public Service Commission (KPSC) on the qualifications of the scribes it had provided for visually impaired students who wrote the KPSC examination, which was conducted on August 24.
The Court raised the question in a plea alleging that the directions issued by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities of the Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment were not being followed for this year's KPSC exams.
The Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka has also asked KPSC to place the following details on record:
The number of visually impaired students who appeared for the examination on August 24.
How them were provided with scribes by the KPSC?
During the course of the hearing, counsel appearing for KPSC submitted that 20 extra minutes per hour were provided for visually impaired students, as per the Court's previous direction.
Senior Advocate Jayna Kothari submitted that many people had registered in the early months of January and February and were allotted particular scribes. However, people other than those allotted came in as scribes owing to the COVID-19 situation, said Kothari.
The qualifications of many of the scribes provided by KPSC were not as per the Central government guidelines, Kothari contended.
The Senior Counsel also urged the Court to direct KPSC to mention in its reply the the total number of visually impaired students who were provided with scribes.
Kothari further informed the Bench that she would file an affidavit on record showing specific instances of breach of the office memorandum of August 21 issued by KPSC. The Court directed Kothari to file the same by September 28.
The petition will be next heard on September 30.
The Karnataka High Court had earlier directed the KPSC and the state government to consider granting additional time of 20 minutes per hour for visually impaired students who were appearing for the KPSC examination.