High drama prevailed at the AP Public Service Commission office in Nampally on Monday as Telangana Jagruthi chief K. Kavita staged a dharna for over four hours alleging that Telangana candidates had got a raw deal in the recently conducted Group-I Mains examination.
The protest was based on news reports published in vernacular dailies on Monday that over 120 candidates of the 416 selected were from the Tirupati centre in Chittoor, the home district of Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, and that only 11 candidates from Warangal centre were selected.
Denying the reports, APPSC officials invited Ms Kavita for talks and released statistics which showed that more candidates were selected from the T-region.
Ms Kavita later claimed that Telugu-medium candidates were losing out to their English-medium counterparts. She said she would approach the AP High Court over the issue.
Kavita, along with scores of unselected Group-I candidates, staged the dharna in front of the APPSC office at around 11.30 am after she failed to get an appointment with APPSC chairman Rachel Chatterjee. She met APPSC secretary Poonam Malakondaiah and brought the news reports to her notice. The latter, however, denied the reports. Not convinced with her reply, Ms Kavita staged a dharna demanding a re-conduct of the exam. She was invited for talks at around 3.30 pm and APPSC officials showed her the statistics.
The data showed that the news reports were false, and that only 33 candidates out of the 637 who appeared from Tirupati centre were selected, contrary to the allegation that 120 had made it. In fact, Tirupati had the lowest qualifying percentage. “They gave me the pass percentages in all the five centres. But they failed to clear doubts why only a few students from Telugu-medium got selected. We will approach the AP High Court,” said Ms Kavita.
Out of the 3,184 candidates who appeared for the exam in Hyderabad, 259 were selected the highest among the other centres.
Even in Warangal, of the 378 candidates who appeared, 22 qualified contrary to the allegation that only 10 had passed. In Vijayawada, out of 776 candidates, 40 made the mark. while in Visakhapatnam out of 886 candidates, 62 made it.
The APPSC officials also made it clear that they were helpless if only few students from Telugu-medium backgrounds made it to the selection list stating that the students with the highest marks would be selected irrespective of Telugu or English medium. DC