Govt Scraps JK Bank Recruitment Process, Annuls 1450 Appoitments

JK Bank Headquarters in Srinagar (File Photo: Abid Bhat / KO)

Srinagar: Governor administration on Thursday scrapped the ongoing process of recruitment for 250 probationary officers and 1200 banking associates and asked the finance department to advise the J&K bank to initiate a fresh, fair, norm-based and transparent recruitment for these posts through the IBPS.

Addressing a news conference in Jammu, Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring, Rohit Kansal said that various legal infirmities had been pointed out in the recruitment process of Jammu and Kashmir Bank since 2018.

He said, therefore, the Finance Department is directed to advise J&K Bank to initiate a fresh, fair, norm based and transparent recruitment for 250 Probationary Officers and 1200 banking Associates in the J&K Bank through the IBPS.

Principal Secretary Planning, Development and Monitoring, Rohit Kansal addresses presser in Jammu

“The entire recruitment process will be completed by on a fast track basis within three months. The detailed modalities and announcements in this regard will be finalized by the bank in its next board meeting. As a result the ongoing process of recruitment for these posts by this bank shall stand scrapped,” he said

“The bank is being advised to ensure that all applicants eligible in the last recruitment which has been cancelled shall be eligible for the fresh recruitment also,” he added.

Pertinently, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) in December last year had filed chargesheet against 17 Jammu & Kashmir Bank (JKB) officials, including two chairmen in the infamous Bank recruitment scam. The ACB had sent the case to Government for accord of prosecution sanction.

The ACB had charged ex-Chairmen Sheikh Mushtaq and Parvez Nengroo and fifteen others, including three retired employees over 3,000 backdoor appointments that were made clandestinely.

The scam surfaced in 2018 after ACB recieved inputs that J & K Bank made 3000 illegal appointments contrary to the rules and norms of the bank. Among the appointees were kith and kin of mainstream politicians, bank officials and bureaucrats.

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