By Arun Pratap Singh
Dehradun, 5 Aug: Retired IAS officer and Chairman of the Uttarakhand Subordinate Services Selection Commission (UKSSSC), S Raju today resigned from his position taking moral responsibility for the recent scams related to recruitment. He has resigned taking moral responsibility for the recent UKSSSC paper leak case related to Graduate Level Entrance Test, which was conducted by the Commission.
S Raju was serving as Chairman of UKSSSC since 2016. He had taken over after the resignation of the then Chairman, RBS Rawat, an IFS officer who had also been Head of the Forest Department.
It may be recalled that, currently, UKSSC is facing an STF investigation due to a recent scam related to leakage of question papers of the Graduate Level Entrance Test.
CM Pushkar Singh Dhami had ordered an inquiry in the matter. STF has so far arrested more than a dozen people. However, it is still not certain who is the kingpin of the paper leak racket. Involvement of some people including officers or politicians can’t be ruled out in the case.
UKSSSC is under a cloud following the exposure of the question paper leakage. Political analysts were expecting S Raju’s resignation for some time. The Commission had conducted the graduate level examination on 4 and 5 December, 2021. About 1.90 lakhs people took the exam for 916 posts. The result of this exam was declared and the process of documentation was underway when the question paper leak came to light. Following this, doubts are now also being expressed over fairness of other examinations conducted by the UKSSSC.
S Raju became the Chairman of UKSSSC on 23 September, 2016. He is a 1984 batch IAS officer, who retired in 2016 shortly before becoming the Chairman of UKSSSC.