Assam Public Service Commission Member Brig (retd) Ranjit Borthakur has been named by the Government as Acting Chairman of the APSC following its Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul was arrested on November 4 last in connection with the cash-for-job scam in the Commission.
Official sources here today said Borthakur's name was selected from among three aspirants for the top post of the Commission that conducts exams for civil, police, allied services, government doctors, engineers and other Gazetted posts in the state government.
Talking to reporters, Borthakur said his new job was a challenging for him but would to take strong steps to cleanse the Commission during the six months of his tenure as people beyond 62 years are not appointed as APSC Chairman or Member.
He also said that action would be taken against those found indulging in illegal practices in the organisation.
Stating the APSC will immediately conduct those exams and interviews for jobs that it could do so on its own, he said, the government's and legal advice would be sought on those conducted illegally.
On differences between Rakesh Paul and himself, the new APSC Chief said, "I had written letters to Paul several times on him making public the marks given by me and not maintaining confidentiality".
"I had also submitted suggestions to Paul on the principles of exams.
I had also opposed Paul entering the examination control room which none of us including Chairman and Members are allowed to enter without written permission from concerned authorities", Borthakur added.
Rakesh Kumar Paul was arrested on November 4 last from his office on charges of accepting money in exchange of jobs to those taking examinations conducted by the Commission.
As the APSC chairman's post is a constitutional one and is appointed by the President and the state government can not dismiss the incumbent, the Assam government had initiated the process by writing to the Governor for taking up the matter with the President.
Assam government on November 26 had suspended arrested APSC Chairman Rakesh Paul for his alleged involvement in a multi-crore cash-for-job scam.
Raj Bhavan here on November 25 had sought a direction from President Pranab Mukherjee to remove Paul.