J&K Job Aspirants Hold Candlelight Vigil Against JKSSB

Dr Farooq, Mehbooba Join Protesters; Seek Cancellation Of Exams

Jammu- Two former chief ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday joined the candlelight vigil of job aspirants in Jammu against hiring of alleged blacklisted firm Aptech by Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) to conduct computer based examinations.

Witnesses said hundreds of job aspirants, who continue to protest for the last few days in Jammu against JKSSB decision to hire Aptech firm, held a candlelight vigil here on Saturday evening, thereby intensifying their protest against JKSSB’s move.

They said that protestors were also joined by National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti.

Congress party’s J&K working president Raman Bhalla and Democratic Progressive Azad Party leader Jugal Kishore also joined the march at Kacchi Chawani area of Jammu.

In July last year, the Jammu and Kashmir administration headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha cancelled the selected list of 1,200 police sub-inspectors, 1300 junior engineers and 1,000 finance account assistants (FAA) following allegations of paper leak and malpractices.

The CBI, which is investigating the sub-inspector recruitment scam after registering a case on August 3 on a reference from the J-K administration, had already filed a chargesheet against 24 persons including the mastermind, Yatin Yadav of Rewari, and a BSF commandant, on November 12, 2022.

Meanwhile, talking to media persons, the protesters accused the government of playing with their future. “We will intensify our protest in coming days if the concerned authorities fail to revoke the decision of hiring controversial and blacklisted firm APTECH to conduct computer based exams,” they said.

The J&K services selection board has, however, defended its decision to hire the controversial Aptech agency, saying the blacklisting period of the firm ended last year.

Earlier today, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said the matter regarding Aptech Limited is in the court and it is not appropriate to comment on the same.

“The matter is in the court for consideration and as per our county’s law any comments may influence the judgment of the court. So it is inappropriate to comment on it,” LG Sinha told media persons on the sidelines of an event in Jammu today. (KNO)

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