Govt postpones recruitment process, may revise PET rules

The state government on Tuesday postponed the ongoing process of recruitment for the post of sub-inspectors (S-Is) and PAC platoon commanders until one month, following the death of a candidate during 10-kilometre run in physical endurance test (PET) held at Lucknow on Monday.

Principal Secretary (Home) RM Srivastava also said that the government may take a decision over revising the rules regarding the distance to be covered by the candidates in the PET, as the distance of 10-kilometre has caused deaths earlier too. The ongoing recruitment process has been postponed for a month to reconsider the procedure, added Srivastava.

Meanwhile, the Home Department said that the 10-kilometre run has caused deaths of nine candidates in different tests so far. According to the details, while five policemen died during the PET for promotion for the post of S-I, two died in the test for promotion from constable to head constable and one candidate had died during the recruitment of constable. Satyendra Singh Yadav had died while taking the PET at Lucknow yesterday. While the postmortem examination could not ascertain cause of death, doctors who attended him at the Balrampur Hospital had diagnosed cardiac arrest.

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