– Minister Shri Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy video conference with District Collectors on the recruitment of Village and Ward Secretariat jobs at the PR Commissioner’s Office in Thadepalli

– PR Principal Secretary Gopalakrishna Dwivedi, PR Commissioner Girija Shankar and Municipal Administration Commissioner Vijay Kumar participated in the video conference.

– 10,63,168 applications for a total of 16,208 vacancies in the state.

– Examinations will start from September 20.

– Exams will be conducted over a week.

– Transport facilities should be provided to reach the test centers.

– Established about 5082 test centers.

– Special precautions in the wake of Covid.

– Measures to ensure precise physical distance between candidates.

– Mask is mandatory for sanitizers and candidates at examination centers.

– Special arrangements for candidates with Covid positive and Covid characteristics.

Minister Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy’s directions to the District Collectors

     State Panchayati Raj and Rural Development Minister Shri Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy requested the district collectors to be responsible for ensuring that the examination process conducted from September 20 for the recruitment of village and ward secretariat posts across the state is carried out in a smooth manner.

A video conference was held on Wednesday with all district collectors at the Panchayati Raj Commissioner’s office in Tadepalli. On the occasion, he said that for the first time in the state, the examinations conducted for Secretariat jobs were highly transparent. In the same way the tests conducted in the second phase were also asked to be conducted without any difficulty. He said that there was a difference between the past and the present and that tests should be conducted due to the health and safety of the candidates.

He said there should be a physical distance between the candidates writing the exams. A total of 10,63,168 candidates have applied for the 16,208 vacancies this time and they will have to conduct the exams for a total of one week. He said plans are afoot to set up about 5082 test centers. The District Collectors suggested that the District Joint Collectors, Panchayati Raj, Municipal, Education and Police Departments as well as the staff of the Village and Ward Secretariats should be involved in the process.

It was also directed to give necessary training to the staff involved in conducting the examinations and to see that the examinations run smoothly without any difficulty.

Special actions in the background of Covid

    Minister Shri Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy directed to make special arrangements for the candidates appearing for the replacement examinations of Village and Ward Secretariat jobs if they have Covid positive and Covid suspicious features. It was also suggested that if any of the staff involved in the conduct of these examinations were found to have Covid symptoms they should immediately prepare a plan in advance to assign responsibilities to someone else in their place. He said candidates appearing for the exams along with the staff should also be made aware of the precautions in advance. Also asked to prepare emergency medical teams available for examination centers. All test centers are going to be cleaned with disinfection spray in advance. He said every candidate should wear a mask and sanitizers and thermal scanning should be made available at the examination centers.

     Identify clusters for test centers

    About two to three clusters in each district were asked to prepare a plan to conduct all the tests within them. It was suggested that these test centers should be located mainly in the district centers as well as in important urban areas. He said the district joint collectors should be in-charge of the respective examination centers. He said a district level coordinating committee should be set up with officials of all government departments. Necessary arrangements must be made to ensure paraplegics write the test on the ground floor. It was suggested that care should be taken to move the question papers to the examination centers and to move the answer sheets to the scanning centers in a timely manner after the examination. It was suggested that video recording should continue at the test centers this time as well as done in the past. He asked the district collectors to ensure that the candidates have the necessary transport facilities to attend the examination centers. At present, the RTC is also unable to provide full-fledged services due to Covid.

Ministers conduct review on sand distribution

    Committee of Ministers meets on setting up of Sand Corporation at Panchayati Raj Commissioner’s Office, Tadepalli. Meeting chaired by Shri Peddireddy Ramachandrareddy, Minister of Panchayati Raj and Rural Development, Mines and Geology. The Ministers who participated in the meeting were Shri Buggana Rajendranath, Shri Perni Venkatramayya (Nani), Shri Kodali Srivenkateswara Rao (Nani), Shri Valid Srinivasa Venugopalakrishna. Gopalakrishna Dwivedi, Principal Secretary, Mining, APMDC VC&MD Harinarayan, DMG Venkatereddy were present at the meeting. Currently the state has a sand reserve stock of 52.6 lakh tonnes. Review was held on on how to deliver sand easily and quickly to customers.

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