“New APPSC chief doesn't yield to pressure”

The appointment of Rachel Chatterjee as Chairman of Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) is likely to silence several groups within the political circles and also send a positive message to the candidates that the recruitments will be “fair”.

At least, the scope for allegations will be minimised given the non-political appointment and the “no nonsense” image that Ms. Chatterjee carries.

Since several years the post of APPSC Chairman was under scanner with the political parties, particularly those espousing the cause of separate Telangana, targeting it. Political parties from the region and Telangana groups have represented to the government to appoint a candidate from Telangana region to the top post alleging that the former Chairman, Y. Venkatrami Reddy was “favouring” people from a particular region.

Prof. Reddy vehemently denied those allegations and argued that he made the selection process more transparent accommodating more members in the interview board. In fact, the conduct of Group-I preliminary exam itself had become a prestigious issue for the government with students and public representatives strongly opposing it. Several notifications issued by the APPSC over a long period of time are yet to be completed. Around 40 notifications related to about 8,000 to 10,000 jobs are in various stages. And all these were issued during the tenure of Prof. Reddy. Notifications were issued to fill up 1,107 degree lecturer posts, 1,100 junior lecturer posts and 500-odd polytechnic teachers' posts while another major notification was the Group-II services related to 800-odd posts. The Group-I has 210 vacancies while a separate notification is being expected for 120 additional posts. Candidates feel “politics” over the recruitment on regional and caste basis will now drastically come down with the non-political person heading the Commission. Senior officials of APPSC also feel that some members of the Commission will have a tough time dealing with a person like Ms. Chatterjee. “She doesn't yield to pressures. Neither can she be accused of regional partiality nor caste bias,” they say recalling how some members were at loggerheads with the former Chairman on these issues.

Meanwhile, APPSC members met Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy in the afternoon seeking introduction of reforms as decided earlier.

  • The non-political appointment will minimise scope for allegations

  • The post of APPSC Chairman under scanner since several years