Itanagar: Prof Pradip Lingfa on Sunday was sworn in as the chairman of the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) at Raj Bhawan. Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (retd) K T Parnaik administered the oath of office and secrecy to Prof Lingfa at the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhawan. Chief secretary Dharmendra conducted the function.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, cabinet ministers, senior civil and police officials also attended the event.
Prof Lingfa works at the Mechanical Engineering department of the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology, (NERIST).
He did his B Tech from MG University, Kerala in 1993, M Tech from Energy Studies from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi in 2005, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi in 2014.
On December 12 last year, Col (retd) Koj Tari and former NCPCR member Rosy Taba were sworn in by the Governor as APPSC members. However, Prof Lingfa and another member Prof Ashan Riddi refrained from taking the oath, as they had pending procedures related to their current positions. Dr Riddi, who is the Head of the History Department at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), specializing in the History of Indigenous Communities of Arunachal Pradesh, is yet to take oath. The APPSC hit the headlines after the question paper leak case came to light.
The question paper of the Assistant Engineer (civil) exam, conducted by the APPSC in 2022 was leaked which snowballed into a major issue forcing the State government to cancel the appointments of new chairman and members of the commission in February last year. More than 400 candidates appeared in the examination held on August 26 and August 27 in 2022.
The scam took an ugly turn on February 24 last year, when APPSC under-secretary and also assistant controller of examinations Tumi Gangkak, allegedly committed suicide. The 49-year-old’s lifeless body was found hanging on a tree at Poma. On May 3 last year, Gyamar Padang, the whistleblower of the infamous scam, passed away.