Telangana CM Revanth Reddy’s meeting with UPSC Chairman sparks hope for TSPSC’s renewed credibility

They engaged in discussions about implementing the UPSC's best practices to restore credibility to the state's recruitment agency.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 05, 2024 | 9:59 PMUpdatedJan 05, 2024 | 9:59 PM

The TSPSC paper leak and lack of recruitment were key fighting points for the Congress during the Assembly elections. (Creative Commons)

Determined to cleanse the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC), Chief Minister Revanth Reddy and Irrigation Minister Uttam Kumar Reddy met with UPSC Chairman Manoj Soni on Friday, 5 January, in Delhi. They engaged in discussions about implementing best practices to restore credibility to the state’s recruitment agency.

The TSPSC found itself in the midst of controversy due to the leakage of Group I preliminary examination question papers, as well as papers for two other examinations. The Group I Preliminary examination took place on 16 October 2022, and the canceled examinations included Town Planning and Building Overseers, Vocational General Studies, and Intermediate Vocational papers, and Junior Lecturers question papers.

The promise of a renewed TSPSC

Under the Congress government, a genuine commitment to a complete overhaul of the TSPSC emerged, as it had fallen under scrutiny during the BRS rule. Despite the Special Investigation Team (SIT) arresting over 100 individuals in connection to the leaked question papers, the government remained resolute.

During the recent Assembly elections in the state, government job recruitment became a pivotal issue for the Congress, resonating with students and young voters. Given that unemployment was a cornerstone issue during the Telangana movement, the Congress asserted that the dreams of the youth remained unfulfilled due to the myopic and self-centred rule of the BRS leaders.

Upon assuming office as the Chief Minister, Revanth Reddy declared that recruitment to government vacancies would proceed after the TSPSC’s reconstitution and the establishment of foolproof examination processes.

Subsequently, the Chief Minister held discussions with the UPSC Chairman. TSPSC officials also conducted a study on best practices in Kerala, submitting their findings to the government.

Meanwhile, the state government has postponed the Group II examinations, originally scheduled for 6 and 7 January. This delay is attributed to the ongoing process of reconstituting the TSPSC.

According to sources, the government has requested details from the TSPSC regarding the board’s reconstitution. Although TSPSC Chairman B Janardhan Reddy and other members have resigned after the change in government, their resignations are pending acceptance by the Governor.

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