CHITRAL: Scores of candidates for low-grade Pakistan Post jobs here fear they will miss the written tests for being without roll number slips.
As tests for the BPS-2 mail runner, mail peon and stamp vendor posts are slated to be held in Nowshera on Jan 19, many of the candidates also insist they’re too poor to afford the expenses of bus travel to faraway test centres.
Afzal Baig from Lot Koh said that he and other candidates in Chitral had yet to receive roll number slips for tests.
He said even if the slips reached Chitral GPO next morning, their delivery to candidates would require many days and therefore, there was high likelihood of candidates, especially those living in far-off areas missing the tests.
The candidate said only the candidates, who had mailing addresses in Peshawar and other districts, had received roll number slips. He also regretted that the Pakistan Post had set up examination centres in Nowshera, which was very far from Chitral, to the misery of the local candidates, mostly very poor people.
“The tests should be held in Chitral like 2010 when such an exercise was carried out in the city for similar recruitment. Such an arrangement would have ensured the 100 per cent participation of the local candidates in tests,” he said.
A staff member at the Chitral GPO confirmed that the roll number slips had yet not been reached his office.
He said the delivery of such letters would take around a week for delivery to far-flung areas in Baroghil and Yarkhun.
Another Pakistan Post official said under the rules, roll number slips were to be issued at least 15 days before the start of tests for government posts but the Pakistan Post had issued them on Jan 13 in violation of those rules.
Meanwhile, the ‘mechanical test’ of the first unit of Golen Gol Hydropower Station began here on Tuesday.
During the exercise, proper functioning of the unit with desired accuracy of turbine and its accessories was put to test and was found to be satisfactory, project director Javed Afridi said.
Published in Dawn, January 17th, 2018