In the wake of protests by anti-reservation students, the Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) has demolished its recently amended (controversial) reservation policy, and consequently, cancelled the examinations that were held on its basis.
Following this move, the UPPSC cancelled the results of the 2011 Provincial Civil Services (PCS) Mains examinations. As said by the commission, the revised results would be released as soon as possible.
The State on Friday summoned UPPSC chairman Anil Yadav and member Gurdarshan Singh, who transcribed the new policy, and held a meeting where the decision of scrapping up the Policy was taken.
On July 22, the Allahabad High Court, while reserving its right to give judgment on a petition challenging the new reservation policy, issued a stay order on the interviews of the PCS 2011 examinations that was going to be started from 26 July 2013.
The court had also put questions on the Commission’s “haste” in bringing that controversial amendment into effect.
The retraction of the policy led pro-reservation students to accuse the ruling Samajwadi Party of betrayal.
The UPPSC recently decided to open up the unreserved category vacancies for reserved category candidates, for which, the anti-reservation students stated that the amendment was made to allow entry to the members of the OBC Yadav community into reserved posts. This led them to engage in violent protests.
They also lashed the UPPSC for introducing caste-based quotas right from the preliminary examination stage.
Drawing on this criticism of the State, SP general secretary Ram Asray Khushwaha tried to defend the move by scraping up the reservation policy.