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Students take to streets against SSC paper leak


New Delhi, Thousands of students on Saturday took to streets of the national capital to protest against the alleged leakage of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) question papers , and demanded time bound Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the lerak on all exams conducted by the Commission recently. Students who have gathered here at Parliament Street from different parts of the country under the banner of ‘Yuva Halla Bol’, also demanded various reforms in the SSC – normalization of marks, time bound examinations, make descriptive exam qualifying in nature and age relaxation (if due to the scam there will be any adverse effect on exam calendar, then relaxation should be given). The agitating students were also demanding transparency in results, that fee shouldn’t be charged for mistakes made by SSC, and evolving a robust grievance redressal mechanism. The protest, however, turned aggressive after the agitating students gave ultimatum to the Government that their demands be fulfilled by 1500 hrs and on getting no response from the Centre, they marched towards the Connaught Palace shouting slogans against the SSC and its chairman Ashim Khurana. A minor scuffle also broke out between the protestors and the security personnel after they tried to stop them from marching towards the Parliament House . Since February 27, the students have been holding peaceful demonstrations outside CGO Complex against the alleged irregularities in SSC. After protesting for 18 days, the students gave the government time of 15 days to meet their demands. But their demands were not fulfilled.It may be mentioned that on March 5, the Government had ordered a CBI probe in to the alleged paper leak. A day before the Centre’s order, the SSC had also recommended a CBI probe in the alleged paper leak of the Combined Graduate Level ( Tier-2) Examination-2017 conducted by it last month.

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