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Pressure grows on SSRB Chairperson as recruitment's come under scanner

SRINAGAR: With the state government sitting on 80,000 jobs available in various government departments, the premier recruiting agency, Service Selection Recruitment Board (SSRB) is under fire from the aspirants and educated unemployed youth for creating confusion in the name of selection lists.
Lately the SSRB Chairperson has been losing her cool whenver asked about the complaints against the functioning of her department.
Chief Minister had last year announced during a public rally here, that at least 80,000 jobs are available in various government departments and vacancies will be filled on fast-track basis. However, no fast track recruitment has been seen so far.
Surprisingly, the premiere recruitment agency which was assigned the job of filling at least 22,000 jobs on war-footing basis has created furore among the various civil society bodies, aspirants and political parties for failing to make public the merit (awarded marks) of the selected candidates and their qualifications and “creating confusion among the aspirants” for issuing three separate notification numbers for the post of teachers.
The SSRB has allegedly created doubts in the minds of people about the transparency of the entire process and “dropped aspirants to select blue-eyed candidates,” thus creating a trust-deficit on fast-track basis employment in Kashmir, claimed by the state government.
The government had referred various posts to SSRB including filling up post of teachers, laboratory assistants, forest guards and accounts assistants.
Various civil society members have questioned the authenticity of the SSRB selection and have said that the overall process of the recruitment from the filling of application forms to the final recruitments should be made transparent. “There has been unjustified delay in the filling of the various posts on fast track basis and now doing that at this juncture seems to be more for political gains rather than the genuine needs and requirements,” said Shakil Qalander, a veteran civil society activist. “The SSRB should come clean and show the answer sheets and merit points to the students to clear all the doubts and justify their need for three lists simultaneously,” he added.
Qalander further said there is lack of any recruitment policy in the state to recruit the aspirants for various departments as per need and demand rather than the random selection. “It is irony to see that we are still recruiting teachers who are 10+2 and not giving any importance to aspirants with professional courses. The government should follow recruitment guidelines like other states where higher degrees are given more importance for quality education,” he said.
Meanwhile, the canidates who have been dropped from the recent SSRB selection list claim that the department has made the mockery of the government’s fast track job-employment policy and instead turned the selection process into a futile exercise. “We were kept hanging throughout the year, starting from notifications to the written test and now the results. There are lots of technical hitches involved in the post-filling and now despite so much delay, the SSRB has used tactics of three lists and withholding the marks which is unfortunate,” said Sumaya Rashid, an aspirant who was waiting for the list from almost a year but still couldn’t make it.
It is worth to mention that for the posts of teachers 65 points have been allotted to the written test while 15 points have been allotted to higher qualifications and 20 points to the interview. Similarly, for all other posts, 80 points for the written test and 20 points for the interview have been allotted out of a total of 100 points,
Over 3, 00,000 aspirants for 12,000 state government jobs applied for the recruitment test in the month of September and the selected candidates would draw an average of just Rs 3,000 for the first two years and Rs.5, 250 for the next three years. And, after the completion of five years, the selected candidates would be put in the regular pay bands.
When contacted, Chairperson of SSRB, Shagufta Parveen reacted with a yell. “You, media person have come on my nerves. You are pestering me with same questions on the selection of teacher list.”
Parveen has indulged in verbal duels and exchanged invective with the journalists.
Earlier, she had said: “Sharing the information with journalists is like keeping the secret document on road.”
Meanwhile despite repeated attempts, neither the Minister for Higher Education or Minister for Labour and Employment and their commissioners and MoS for education and Labour could be contacted for any comments.

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