Srinagar- Scores of candidates who qualified the Finance Account Assistant (FAA) exam held by the Jammu & Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) continued with the sit-in protest for the fourteenth day on Wednesday.
The protesting candidates braving summer heat and heavy rains during the past two weeks say they are undeterred by the weather conditions.
Shahid Ali, 27, a protesting candidate from Tral says he had qualified entrance exam of the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) two years back.
“With a heavy heart, I decided not to join the famed varsity for the sake of the Finance Account Assistant exam”.
“When I heard the recruitment was being held on a fast track basis, I left all my dreams of studying at the JNU. With my hard work and dedication, I qualified the exam” says Shahid Ali
“Now there are rumors that the exam may be scrapped, which makes me feel hopeless” he added.
Sumaira Jan, 42, a mother of two daughters completed her Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) in 2008. She says after waiting for government jobs for more than a decade in her relevant field, she decided to apply for jobs not in line with her discipline of studies.
“My husband and I both have a BDS degree and are jobless. After featuring in the merit list of the FAA, I saw a ray of hope for our future” Says Sumaira.
“If the selection list is scrapped, I would not be eligible to apply for government jobs anymore as I turned 42”. She added.
Kulvinder Singh, who secured 2nd rank in the exam, said he had planned to move to Canada for further studies but shelved the plan for the FAA recruitment.
It is pertinent to mention, the protests were sparked by the rumors that the FAA selection list may be scrapped as it alleged that some candidates may have cheated in the exam.
The JKSSB had advertised posts for the Finance Account Assistant (FAA), Junior Assistant, Sub Auditor and other positions in December 2020.
The exam for which was held in the month of March, 2022. JKSSB had published the merit list on 22nd April, 2022.
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