Telangana government gets cracking on cleansing TSPSC, seeks applications for posts of chairman, members

The recruitment process is a departure from the past. Under the previous BRS government, the officials were handpicked.

ByRaj Rayasam

Published Jan 12, 2024 | 8:52 PMUpdatedJan 12, 2024 | 8:52 PM

The TSPSC logo.

Intent on cleansing the Telangana State Public Service Commission (TSPSC), the state government on Friday, 12 January, said it would constitute a search committee to select candidates for the post of chairman and members of the recruitment agency.

The state government, in a notification, invited applications from candidates before 5 pm on 18 January.

The government said that model application forms are available at its site — The site has all the details relating to the qualifications required for appointment as TSPSC chairman and members.

The candidates for the post would be finalised from among those who apply — or from any other channel decided on by the search committee/screening committee.

Related: Telangana High Court cancels TSPSC Group-I prelims

Departure from the past

Calling for applications for the posts of chairman and members of the TSPSC is a departure from tradition followed by the erstwhile BRS government, which used to handpick the candidates.

The last chairman was former IAS officer B Janardhan Reddy, whose resignation was accepted by Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan on 10 January. Similarly, the Governor accepted the resignations of three members of the TSPSC — R Satyanarayana, Prof Bandi Lingareddy, and Karam Ravinder Reddy.

Janardhan Reddy, who assumed office as chairman in 2021, resigned on 11 December, 2023, but it was accepted only 10 January, as the file was sent to the secretariat for circulation. After the file came back with the opinion of the advocate general and others, the Governor accepted his resignation.

Janardhan Reddy cited personal reasons for quitting.

Janardhan Reddy resigned immediately after the advent of the Congress government. Chief Minister Revanth Reddy had summoned him to his office and, after the meeting, he put in his papers.

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TSPSC under a cloud

During Janardhan Reddy’s tenure, the TSPSC came under a cloud with question paper leaks and inept holding of the state-level competitive examinations.

The Telangana High Court on 23 September, 2023, cancelled the prelims of the Group I examination, which was being held for the second time, for not following proper procedure.

The court delivered the order on a petition filed by the National Students Union of India (NSUI) — the student arm of the Congress party — that no biometric facility was arranged for the students who took the preliminary examination.

The Group I prelims first examination was held in on 16 October, 2022, but it was cancelled in March 2023 following revelations about the leak of the question papers.

Revanth Reddy, as state Congress president then, slammed the previous BRS government for the shoddy handling of the examination and described the Telangana High Court verdict as a slap on its face. He also said it was proof that the institutions under the BRS government were crumbling.

Revanth Reddy, after becoming chief minister, called on UPSC chairman Manoj Soni recently in Delhi and discussed what should be done to make the TPSC’s functioning foolproof.

He also inquired about the best practices that were in implementation in the UPSC for replication in the TSPSC.