Flood Fury: OPSC To Reschedule ASO Examination?

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Public Service Commission’s (OPSC) much-awaited recruitment examination for Assistant Section Officer (ASO) is likely to reschedule again as flood threat has now cropped up in the Subarnarekha river system.

Taking the improving flood situation in Mahanadi into consideration, the OPSC announced the new schedule for the examination, i.e; August 27, 2022 (Saturday).

Taking to Twitter, students have requested the examination conducting body to reschedule the examination as an expected high flood in Subarnarekha downstream districts.

Mostly the students from Balasore and Mayurbhanj districts have started appealing to OPSC to reschedule the examination as these two districts are expected to witness a high flood in recent days.

Meanwhile, OPSC’s reaction to the matter is yet to be ascertained.

According to SRC Pradeep Kumar Jena, a high flood is expected in Balasore and Mayurbhanj following the release of around 6 lakh cusecs of water from Galudih barrage by Jharkhand through 16 gates. The impact of the flood will be more compared to the flood in 2008. There’s a possibility of the situation getting worse, so we need to remain alert. We hope there will be no flood-like situation in Budhabalanga.

The concerned district administrations in both the districts are taking appropriate steps for evacuation and other related issues in view of the flood scenario. A coordinated effort is underway to ensure ‘zero casualties, the SRC said.

The SRC further informed that there is no longer a flood situation in the Mahanadi river system as the overall situation is gradually improving.

It is worth mentioning that earlier, the ASO examination was decided to be conducted on 21st August but due to flood situation in the state, the OPSC had deceided to conduct the examination on August 27, 2022.

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