Allaka Kedareswara Rao of Andhra Pradesh passed the Provincial Selection Commission Examination in 1998 to become a government teacher, but had to wait decades to fulfill his dream. Here’s the story of how he finally achieved his victory.

aOn Tuesday, Allaka Kedareswara Rao had the biggest smile on his face. He was finally on his way to fulfilling his dream – the dream of being a government teacher. Now, 57, Rao has spent the last two decades of his life waiting for that job.

A resident of Siddhi village in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh, Rao cleared from the District Selection Commission (DSC) examination in 1998. However, due to legal issues and government filibuster, candidates who passed DSC in 1998 did not get the allowance. Some of them have been fighting a legal battle since then.

Now, the state government has finally cleared the 1998 DSC file. Rao was unaware of this – it was the villagers of Siddhi who informed him. Show him the order and his name on it.

The 57-year-old became a government teacher after 24 years in Andhra Pradesh
Kedareswara Rao from Andhra Pradesh who is now a government teacher.

The villagers celebrate his success by buying him a cake and paying homage to him. This is not just a victory for Rao, but for the thousands of candidates who passed the exam in 1998.

Late victory

Rao lost his father at an early age and his mother passed away a few years ago. He has a younger sister who is married. He says he is single because he vowed to marry only after getting a job.

He finished his Bachelor of Education (BEd) from Annamalai University in 1992, and then began attempting the DSC exams. This is the qualifying examination for recruitment of government teachers in Andhra Pradesh.

“I tried the DSC exam in 92, 94, and 96. There is a written exam and an interview after that. In 92 and 94, I completed the written exam. I could not complete the interview. In 96, I finally cleared the interview as well. I hoped to get job, but the file is deferred,” Rao says.

Then he started trying to get other jobs and moved to Hyderabad for a few years with his mother.

Unable to secure a job matching his qualifications, Rao takes a job in a clothing store in Hyderabad. However, he was mentally affected by the fact that he did not get a job as a teacher.

The pressure on his mind forced him to return to his village some eight years ago.

His mother’s death added to his woes. He was depressed and started cycling from village to village selling clothes to earn a living. Some days, there will be no sales. On such days, he didn’t even have a single meal. He says there was no one to help him.

“My goal in life was to become a teacher. I studied and completed the exam. Due to legal issues, it took many years for me to realize my dream. I didn’t even get married because I couldn’t support a family,” says Rao.

He says that when Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was in Padayatra, he met him and asked him to clear this file.

“When CM visited our village during the period of Padayatra, I met him. I shared my problems with him, and he promised to clear the 1998 DSC file, which he did. I am grateful to him,” adds Rao.

The villagers say that Rao has lived in abject poverty all these years with steel determination that if he works, he will work as a teacher. His inability to get his dream job, due to a legal issue, cost him 24 years of his life.

On Tuesday, the villagers cut his hair and some new clothes. The change in his appearance was noticeable. Videos of her went viral on social media.

Now he says he is ready for any post. He desires to teach classes 6-10 and is willing to teach any subject given to him. Rao is proof that dreams can come true at any age. The job that should have been his when he was 33 is only coming his way now.

This dossier finally cleared after 24 years helps not only Rao, but also more than 4,000 people of the 1998 group, who faced the same plight. Some of the eligible have fought a long legal battle. They applied to the Andhra Administrative Court and the High Court and got rulings in their favour. It was useless, however, until the state government finally decided to wipe the file after 24 years. State governments, which conduct most of these teacher exams, must ensure such delays are not repeated.

Edited by Divya Sethu


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