Several Sarpanches from Majaltal tehsil today staged a protest demonstration in front of JKBOSE chairman's office here against what they said "arbitrary fixation of centres for 10th and 12th class exams".
The agitated protesters raised slogans against the board authorities and staged dharna for two hours in front of Chairman's office after which they gave an ultimatum to the BOSE chairman seeking establishment of exam canters in the far flung and difficult areas for convenience of the examinees.
Addressing the protesters and the people present, Rajesh Sharma Sarpanch Bharnara alleged that JKBOSE was establishing exam centres on arbitrary basis without following any set norms.
Further alleging bias and prejudices in the establishment of exam centres, he said that several centres had reportedly been established on monetary considerations in connivance with vested interests.
He said that there are several centres which had earned the notoriety for mass copying but were allowed permission to the neglect of deserving areas.
Dharam Singh Bittu, Sarpanch Satrairi, while speaking on the occasion, claimed that several deputations of Majalta had apprised the JKBOSE about certain schools which were hand in glove with the BOSE officials and were publically known for dubious deals. He lamented that while all such schools were allowed permission, the genuine cases were left pending.
Karnail Singh Sarpanch Chiani and Balwant Raj Sharma Sarpanch Thalora sought a review of the exam centres finalized by the JKBOSE for conduct of exams and sought establishment of new centres for deserving and left out areas.
The Sarpanches called upon Chairman of JKBOSE to undertake a complete review of the exam centres on the basis of rational parameters and to fulfil the demand of the ignored areas at the earliest "failing which the affected people would hold massive protests against the corrupt practices of JKBOSE at various forums".