ITANAGAR, Jan 3: This weekend if anybody has plans to move out of the State capital to district headquarters by daily commercial transport like Tata Sumos, they better make sure to book tickets well in advance lest get stranded. Thanks to the hundreds of youths preparing to leave for their respective district headquarters to sit for the State Civil Service Examinations, private transporters are having a field day.
This year the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) has made it mandatory for the civil service aspirants to sit for the preliminary examination in their respective districts or in the nearest. The prelims is slated for January 10 next, and therefore, the huge rush.
“This morning, I went to book a ticket for January 6 but to my utter surprise I did not get one,” lamented a desperate aspirant, who had to ultimately book one for January 10 in the hope that someone cancels his or her ticket before that.
APPSC has fixed nine venues for the examination - Itanagar, Tawang, Ziro, Pasigaht, Tezu, Khonsa, Changlang, Seppa and Aalo - on account of accommodation problems at one centre. Candidates from far off places like Taksing in Upper Subansiri and Monigong in West Siang or Kibitu in Anjaw are in the State capital for the last four to six months in order to equip themselves with knowledge to crack the State’s toughest examination. Now they have to rush to their designated examination centres on time.
“I spent a lot for this examinations right from the beginning. I am paying house rent besides other expenditures on study materials,” claimed John, who is doing a crash course since two months in the capital. He is leaving for his district on Monday.
There are many candidates like him who have been seriously preparing for the exam. Not to risk unforeseen hiccups like bandh calls in neighbouring State, several of them have already moved out in advance.
Nevertheless, the sudden exodus of hundreds of passengers at once from the capital is proving a New Year gift for owners of commercial vehicles.
“Yes. This is good business. Till January 9 all tickets are booked,” said a ticket counter owner, who plans to arrange extra vehicles if the rush increases beyond apprehension. THE SENTINEL