ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh MP Tapir Gao on Tuesday wrote a letter to the centre seeking relaxation in minimum height for IPS aspirants from the state.
The MP wrote the letter referring to the issue of a candidate from Arunachal Pradesh Dr. Ojing Dameng who cracked UPSC CSE 2017 in the provisional list of IPS in ST category, was not allotted the post on the grounds of his height.
He was declared unfit for IPS as he was 2.5 cms short of the minimum height (165 cms for men).
The MP informed that the candidate had filed a case in CAT, New Delhi challenging the same but CAT dismissed on May 27 his submissions.
Dr. Dameng argued that the candidates belonging to the ST category and races including Assamese, Gorkha, Kumaoni, Naga etc are entitled to a relaxation of 15 cm in the minimum height required for IPS.
In his letter to DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh, Gao highlighted that "present day Arunachal Pradesh (which came into existence only in 1972 as a Union Territort) was a composite state under the state of Assam and any citizen of Assam would an Assamese. And hence, then Assamese in the provision would include tribal of Arunachal Pradesh as well."
"Also going by the intent of the legislation one can make out that the law is extending relaxation to such races whose average height is distinctly lower wherein Arunachalee Tribals rightfully fits, for that matter the North East Tribals", he added.
The MP requested the Union Minister to consider the facts and prevent the aspirants from Arunachal Pradesh not to be deprived of their opportunities.
He further urged the Union Minister to issue necessary directions and corrective measures in this regard.
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