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Age relaxation issue: Agriculture Ministry says no rules flouted

Giving clarification over a report published in this paper, Ministry of Agriculture on Thursday said that the screening committee, which was headed by chief director, cooperation division of the department, has not flouted any rules.

The panel has followed Recruitment Rules 2010 to refer to a competent authority for age relaxation to two overaged candidates namely DN Thakur and PK Saha for the post of deputy managing director (DMD) of National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC). The ministry has also clarified that the panel was not headed by union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh.

“As per the recruitment rules for the post of DMD, maximum age for filling up of the post on deputation basis is 55 years. However, considering the provisions in the recruitment rules 2010 and with a view to give wider choice to the selection committee headed by agriculture secretary, the criteria of age was relaxed by the competent authority in respect of the departmental candidates,” a note from agriculture ministry said.

“Accordingly, letters for interview have also been issued to these candidates. However, their final selection is subject to the assessment and suitability of these candidates by the selection panel. As per the rule, the secretary is competent to approve the selection for the post of DMD,” the note further said. The ministry has also clarified that after receiving complaints from a few members of Parliament in this matter, the agriculture minister had asked for comments from the department.
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