At a time when we talk of empowering youth in India across sectors, J&K seems to have its gears in reverse with an already abysmal unemployment score. Ironically, JKSSB, the government organisation which should have aided the troubled youth, is instead pushing them to new depths of despair. Since 2020, no recruitment at major posts have been made. Exams are held but final results never see the light of the day.
Add to this long list of unrecruited posts, the Assistants in Account and Treasuries Department who appeared in the exams in March 2022. Though their merit list and document verification was done in May 2022, they still are awaiting their final selection list. The selected candidates for other posts like Bee Keeper, JE Civil, Junior assistant ,Sub Auditor too have the same story to tell.
Many of these selected candidates become so apprehensive of their final selection that instead of waiting in vain they appear in several other exams and when some of them manage to qualify multiple exams it automatically leads to the posts remaining vacant. Thus, the sluggish system is rotten to its core.
This sorry state of affairs has adverse effects on the mental health of youth who burn the midnight oil to secure their employment but the snail-paced organization fails their hard work, their dreams, their intellect and them in general. What the youth wonder about is the reason for the delay.
Many have linked the delay to the recent controversy surrounding JKSSB over the alleged scam in recruitment of the posts of Sub Inspector. However, this does not seem possible, as LG Manoj Sinha has himself given a clean chit to the merit list issued for other posts. The LG went on to constitute a three members independent enquiry committee for investigation in the SI scam which has been hailed by many people as a move which lies in the interest of youth.
This leaves us with the larger question: if the highest authority in the UT declared the merit list of these examinations fair, what is stopping JKSSB from coming up with the final selection result?
Aaqib Ashraf Nengroo
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