Itanagar, March 30: Arunachal Pradesh state cabinet recently decided to recall the appointment orders of the new Chairman and Members of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC). The decision was taken in the 7th meeting of the state cabinet held this year, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
The appointment orders were issued on February 7th earlier this year, and the state cabinet has recommended that the Governor recall them. The reasons for the recall have not been made public, but it is believed that the decision was taken due to certain irregularities in the appointment process.
In today's Cabinet meeting, we decided to recall the order of new Chairman and Members of APPSC and recommended the same to Hon'ble Governor for recalling the appointment orders of 7th February 2023. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/GYCRHaiuZw
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) March 29, 2023
The APPSC is responsible for conducting recruitment exams for various state government posts, including civil services, police services, and engineering services. The commission also advises the state government on matters related to the recruitment and selection of candidates for various posts.
In addition to the recall of the appointment orders, the state cabinet also approved the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSU) for the development of hydropower in the state.
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The MoA will pave the way for the development of 5 hydroelectric power (HEP) projects with a total installed capacity of 2820 MW. This is expected to generate significant employment opportunities and spur huge investment in the state.
The Kaling Tayeng Committee, which was set up to restructure the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service, was also discussed in detail during the cabinet meeting. The cabinet approved a major part of the committee’s recommendations, which is expected to pave the way for a more robust state civil service.
The cabinet also approved the renewal of MoA and support for four events, including Arunachal Got Talents, Arunachal Idol, Miss Arunachal, and Mr Arunachal, for another three years as annual calendar events. The grant-in-aid for these events was also increased from Rs. 40 lakhs to Rs. 80 lakhs respectively.
The decision to recall the appointment orders of the APPSC Chairman and Members is likely to have significant implications for the functioning of the commission. It remains to be seen how the state government will proceed with the recruitment process for various government posts in the absence of a functioning APPSC. The decision is also expected to have political ramifications, as the opposition parties are likely to raise questions about the transparency and fairness of the appointment process.