Members of the All India Youth Federation (AIYF) and Unemployed Youth Association staged a dharna at the Lenin Square here on Friday, demanding the immediate scraping of the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Board.

Federation State president Navaneetham Sambasiva Rao alleged that the board was filled with corrupt politicians from the Congress Party. Citing the case of Sitarama Raju, a Congress leader from Hyderabad and who is in the board, he said, Mr.Raju was caught red-handed a few days ago, in a sting operation by a television channel, accepting a bribe of Rs.10 lakh from a mediator by name Sandhya Rani for a lecturer’s post.

“How can such a person be in the board? The government has not taken any action against him so far,” he alleged.

According to him, there were about 4.5 lakh vacancies in the State which include 2,000 under Group I services, 4,000 under Group II, 12,000 under Group III, about 1.2 lakhs under Group IV and about 90,000 under the teacher’s category.

He pointed out that the Chief Minister in the Assembly session had promised filling up of 33,174 jobs and the Secondary Education Minister K. Parthasarathy had talked about 22,000 teacher’s posts, but these appear to be only statements, as there was no apparent move from the government so far.

The AIYF members also demanded that the age limit for all segments be increased by five years. “Right now for OC’s it is 34 to 39 years and for SC/ST and OBC’s is 39 to 44. The age limit has to be increased as there was no recruitment in the last couple of years and most of the aspirants have crossed the age limit,” Sambasiva Rao said.

He also urged the government to give Rs. 3,000 per month as stipend for each unemployed youth.

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