JAMMU, Mar 3: Alleging large scale malpractices, bungling, nepotism and corruption in the process of selections conducted by various recruitment agencies, including SSB for Govt jobs, a large number of Panthers Party activists led by Harsh Dev Singh, chairman of the party and Yash Paul Kundal, State president Young Panthers held a protest demonstration at Exhibition Ground here today.
The protesting NPP activists were demanding abolition of interviews in the selection process to Govt services for non-gazetted posts. They alleged that despite clear directions from the PMO, the State Government has not taken cognizance of the matter.
While addressing the media, Harsh Dev recalled that PM Narendra Modi had suggested the abolition of interviews for the recruitment to non- gazetted posts during his Independence Day address from Red Fort during 2015 and the Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) held by Dr Jitendra Singh, Union MoS promptly issued directions to all the States to discontinue the practice from January 1st, 2016. He regretted that while the interviews for Class III and Class IV posts were abolished in rest of the country, J&K Government remained unmoved on the issue.
He was surprised that despite several communications sent by the DoPT to the State Government including four DO letters sent personally by Dr Jitendra Singh to the State Govt conveying the decision of Central Govt to abolish interviews had been disregarded. He said that Dr Singh further claimed to have held several meetings with the Chief Secretary emphasizing abolition of interviews for non gazette posts but the State Govt declined to act thus conveying its vested interests in selections.
Anguished over the fraudulent selections to the non- gazetted posts in the State, Harsh Dev divulged that there were several instances where process of interview was abused and merit subverted by awarding disproportionate marks to the tail-enders. He pointed towards the last year’s judgment of State Vigilance Commission wherein it had indicated that the members of an interview committee indulged in large scale fraudulent selections at the cost of merit and recommended abolition of interviews for Class III and Class IV posts. Singh sought an immediate change in recruitment policy for State Govt jobs by abolition of the interview system.