Pema Khandu | File Photograph

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu took strong exception to the reported paper leak incident of the recently conducted recruitment examination for the posts of assistant engineer (civil) by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and said that the state government will not tolerate any kind of corruption.

“Anyone found involved in the incident, irrespective of his or her position or status, will not be spared,” chief minister Pema Khandu said on September 16.

“It is indeed frustrating that despite our sincerest efforts to streamline the recruitment process, incidents like this occur out of the blues. I assure the candidates and the people that action will be taken against the guilty and the point of leakage investigated and rectified so that it is not repeated in future,” Khandu said in a statement.

Assuring that “no one will be allowed to play with the future of youths”, chief minister Pema Khandu informed that police are seriously investigating the case and so far, five persons have been arrested. While two were arrested on September 11, a day after a case was registered at Itanagar Police Station, three arrests were made on September 16. Investigation is still on.

The chief minister sent out a stern warning to all – both government officials and private individuals – not to interfere in the recruitment process for their personal gains.

“I repeat, no form of corruption in any field will be tolerated. Those found involved will have to face the music,” he said.

The state government is committed to strengthen both the APSSB and the APPSC, and make the two recruiting agencies robust and corruption free, the CM further added.

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