Home Dehradun Rakesh Kumar resigns as UKSPC Chairman due to personal reasons

Rakesh Kumar resigns as UKSPC Chairman due to personal reasons

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By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 10 Jun: Former IAS officer and currently the chairman of Uttarakhand State Public Service Commission (UKSPC), Dr Rakesh Kumar has resigned from his post. This has been confirmed by Chief Secretary Dr SS Sandhu. Dr Kumar reportedly submitted his resignation on 7 June itself. However, it remains to be seen if his resignation will be finally accepted by the Governor or not.
In his resignation letter, Dr Kumar has expressed desire to quit his post for personal reasons. Dr Kumar, who has an image of  a no nonsense officer even while he was a serving bureaucrat of Uttarakhand Cadre, had been given this charge one and half years ago. While his term was of 6 years, he has put in his papers just after serving one and half years. Of course, during his term of one and half years, Kumar can be credited with issuing a calendar for recruitments, and sticking to it. It was for the first time during his term that the State Public Service Commission could hold several recruitment examinations one after the other. Dr Kumar, who has an image of being impeccably honest officer was expected to clean up the dirt that had settled in the recruitment system which had resulted in rigging of the tests through leakage. Dr Kumar took every precaution towards ensuring fair examinations and timely declaration of the results. However, even during his term, attempts were made to rig the examinations and leak the question papers, but strict action followed and many of the private as well as government officials were arrested for their “involvement” in the paper leakage and rigging of examination results.
Due to large scale rigging of the competitive examinations regarding Class C posts being conducted by Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission, the responsibility to conduct recruitments on Class C posts also fell on State Public Services Commission, making the Commission overburdened but he made sincere efforts towards ensuring transparency in holding examinations and timely declaration of results.
Under these circumstances, the resignation of Dr Rakesh Kumar does come as a shock. With his resignation, the process of conducting examinations might get adversely affected. The government might soon have to find a suitable replacement of Dr Kumar.