By Jahnvi Srivastava
The Supreme Court will hear a petition on Monday requesting another opportunity for those candidates to appear in the UPSC Civil Services Examination, who missed their last chance due to the Covid-19 epidemic situation last year.
This hearing is also important because last Friday, the Center insisted that it was not in favor of giving another chance to the UPSC civil service candidates who could not take the UPSC exam in 2020 as their last attempt. Justice A. A bench headed by M. Khanwilkar appeared on behalf of the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) Additional Solicitor General S.K. V. Raju had taken cognizance of what was said on January 22 and asked the government to file an affidavit to this effect.
The law officer told the bench, “We are not ready to give another chance.” Give me time to file the affidavit. Last night I received instructions that we did not agree. The bench also consists of Justice BR Gavai and Justice Krishna Murai. The bench had asked the Law Officer to provide a copy of the affidavit to the UPSC civil services candidate Rachna’s counsel, who has moved the court with a plea to provide an additional opportunity to sit for the UPSC examination.
Earlier, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told the bench that the government was considering the issue of providing one more opportunity to those civil service candidates who were not able to appear in their last attempt for UPSC examination.
The apex court had on 30 September last year refused to postpone the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination due to the Covid-19 epidemic and flooding in many parts of the country, which was held on October 4. However, it had directed the Central Government and the Union Public Service Commission ( UPSC ) to consider giving candidates an additional chance, which is the last attempt in 2020. The bench was then told that a formal decision can only be taken by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).