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Arunachal: Mounting pressure ‘prompts’ APPSC chief to quit

He submitted his papers to the State Governor this evening.

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Itanagar: Bowing to the mounting demand from the pressure groups following the recent paper leak fiasco, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Chairman Nipo Nabam on Friday tendered his resignation “on moral ground”. 

He submitted his papers to the State Governor this evening.

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Nabam quit the top post a couple of days after the State Government had suspended two senior officers of the Commission – Secretary Jayanta Kumar Ray and Joint Secretary cum Controller of Examination Suraj Gurung in connection with the APPSC-conducted AE (Civil) recruitment examination paper leak case. The said examination (mains) was conducted on August 27 and 28.

The State Government has recommended CBI probe into the paper leak case. It is currently being investigated by the State Police’s Special Investigation Cell (Vigilance). So far, 10 persons including the APPSC Deputy Secretary cum Deputy Controller of Examinations have been arrested. The probe began after an aggrieved candidate filed a police complaint on August 29, alleging that the AE (Civil) exam paper had been leaked.

Following this, the State’s apex students’ bodies – All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) have been insisting for “complete overhaul” of the scam-riddled apex recruiting agency of the State Government. They also demanded suspension of the Chairman, Secretary and all Members and staff of the APPSC.

“In the matter of the unpleasant APPSC fiasco perpetrated by an officer of the Arunachal Public Service Commission on the infamous paper leakage of the Written Examination (Mains) for the post of Assistant Engineer (Civil), I being the head of the Commission feel it prudent and rationale to put 

in my papers on moral ground. Hence, my resignation from the post of the Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) may be accepted forthwith and deemed demitted office with immediate effect,” Nabam wrote to the Governor.

Later in a statement, Nabam said, “The State is facing unpleasant situations out of the infamous paper leakage of the Written Examination (Mains) for the post of Assistant Engineer (Civil) conducted by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) on 27th and 28th August 2022.

“I have put in my papers to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh owning moral responsibility for the omissions and commissions of the officer of the Commission, by instantly acting on the advice of the supreme and apex social council of the community, I belonged (to) – the Nyishi Elite Society (NES). I have specifically implored upon the Governor to accept my resignation forthwith and deemed to have demitted my position as the Chairman of the State Public Service Commission,” he said.

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