The State government, on Friday, said that it will not bow down to calls from Telangana protagonists and conduct the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) Group-1 preliminary exams on the earlier announced schedule.
The government decision came in the wake of the APPSC saying that all arrangements have been put in place for conducting the examinations.
Director General of Police K Aravinda Rao had, earlier in the day, put the police department on alert
and had directed officials to ensure that the examinations are conducted peacefully.
Earlier on Friday, the APPSC convened an emergency meeting
after Telangana students called for a bandh demanding that the government take a stand on their demands of a 42%quota in recruitments for G-1 qualifiers from the region.
According to sources, APPSC members complained at the meeting that only the government can intervene and take a decision on the quota in jobs for Telangana people, and claimed that the decision is not under the jurisdiction of APPSC.
"Till further orders from the government over the quota issue, we cannot take a decision on the postponement," the APPSC said.
Meanwhile, students' organizations affiliated to the Telangana Joint Action Committee region, on Friday, picketed the APPSC office at Nampally and staged a dharna demanding a postponement of the exams.