Dattatreya has written another letter to Smriti Irani, this time recommending candidate for NCRI chairman


It was his letter to the HRD Minister Smriti Irani urging her to take action against Dalit students in Hyderabad University which had pushed Rohith Vemula to end his life.

In a new revelation it has emerged that Minister of State for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya has written another letter to HRD Minister Smriti Irani. This time recommending a candidate for the post of chairman at the National Council of Rural Institutes (NCRI).

Also read- President Mukherjee’s third snub to Smriti Irani in as many months, appoints Jagadesh Kumar as JNU VC

A report published by Indian Express said that Dattatreya requested urged Irani to “consider” the candidature of K Sudhakar for the position.

His letter dated 13 January, however, does not explain the reason why Sudhakar must be considered for the post for an autonomous institution which works under the HRD ministry.

The institute currently doesn’t have a full-time chairman.

A government committee is expected to interview 11 candidates for the position on 9 February.

Hyderabad University’s Vice Chancellor Professor Appa Rao Podile, who was forced to go on indefinite leave amidst controversy surrounding Rohith’s death, was given additional charge of NCRI on 7 January.

But his departure prompted the interim V-C M Periasamy to take the additional role of the Council’s acting chairman.

Sudhakar, however, denied asking for Dattatreya’s recommendations while admitting that he had indeed been shortlisted for the interview on 9 February.

The new revelation will come as another embarrassment for the ruling BJP, which has drawn flak in the past for promoting political interferences while making appointments for key educational institutions.

Not long ago, jantakareporter.com reported how President Pranab Mukherjee had snubbed HRD minister’s advice, third time in as many month, when he appointed Prof Jagadesh Kumar as the new VC for the JNU.

Irani had reportedly made recommendation in favour of scientist V S Chauhan to the President.