Suspense continues on TSPSC chairman’s resignation, even as more members are likely to quit

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has not decided on Janardhan Reddy's resignation, which was forwarded to her.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Dec 13, 2023 | 12:47 PMUpdatedDec 13, 2023 | 12:47 PM

More members of the TSPSC are likely to resign. (Pic: Official website)

After the resignation of B Janardhan Reddy as the chairman of the Telangana Public Service Commission (TSPSC), other members of the recruitment body are also likely to step down.

Janardhan Reddy resigned immediately after meeting Chief Minister A Revanth Reddy on Monday, 11 December. The chief mistier reportedly questioned him on the leakage of question papers and the status of the investigation.

Meanwhile, a TSPSC member, R Satyanarayana, issued an open letter saying that he was quitting because it was exceedingly difficult for him to continue under the present circumstances.

He expressed sympathy with the millions of unemployed youths in the state, saying he shared their pain when the question papers were leaked earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan has not decided on Janardhan Reddy’s resignation, which was forwarded to her. “She might take a call after returning from Puducherry,” a reliable Raj Bhavan source told South First on Wednesday, 13 December.

The source said other members of the TSPSC have sought an appointment with the Governor.

“They are asking us for an appointment. All of them appear to be keen on seeing the Governor together,” the source said. Besides the chairman, the TSPSC has five members.

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Governor wants to fix responsibility

Just like the government that has taken the question paper leak seriously, the Governor, too, seemed to be looking forward to fixing responsibilities for the leak before accepting the resignations.

The leakage of question papers became a political issue because of its sensitive nature. The issue shocked job aspirants since it came under the watch of the previous BRS government that had ridden to power twice promising jobs to the unemployed youth.

A special investigation team that probed the leak arrested about 100 people. The TSPSC, after cancelling the Group I examination, held it later — and bungled again.

The Telangana High Court cancelled the Group I examination once again which led to erosion of credibility of the TSPSC and the state government. Since the beginning, the state government maintained that it cannot own up the responsibility for a crime committed by a junior employee against whom action had been initiated.

With Congress Chief Minister Revanth Reddy adamant on cleaning up the TSPSC mess, the members are quitting the body.