Unveil selection aberrations by JK KVIB

Justice delayed is justice denied, this axiom is known to everyone but then why delays take place in matters of utmost importance which could well be avoided, is not difficult to be comprehended. A Government, ipso facto, must set a definite benchmark within which it should assert to get reports from those enquiry committees or Commissions which it institutes to let facts come to fore to establish its expected zero tolerance to any type of bungling or aberrations in the process or system of selections by any Government Department or agency to fill up some vacant posts.
It may be recalled that The Khadi Village and Industries Board had issued an advertisement on Oct 8, 2016 to engage eligible candidates against few vacancies and a written test for shortlisted candidates was held early this year. The entire selection process was outsourced but the recruitment agency came under suspicion of integrity and transparency as some close relatives of the leaders of the ruling People’s Democratic Party figured in the selection list.
As a natural corollary, fingers of suspicion started being raised against the entire process which looked fishy that selections were made intentionally to favour a political Party rather than the deserving eligible candidates. As a response to much heat having got generated on the issue, the Chief Minister decided to institute an inquiry to ascertain the facts. A three member Committee was, thus, constituted.
Given the interpretation of “procedural inadequacies” in the selection process of Khadi and Village Industries Board, a formal order in this regard was issued on March 19, 2018 when a committee was constituted headed by R. K. Goyal Principal Secretary to the Government, Home Department with two more bureaucrats of the State Government as its members. The brief or the terms of reference was to inquire into the selection process to go into the pros and cons of various complaints received; whether any unfair methods were resorted to by the Board; whether proper procedures and rules were adhered to; the methodology of selections; setting of questions and evaluation processes; whether any deviations had taken place and the like.
The entire findings as a final report, was necessarily to be submitted within a month but till date, no such report has seen the light of the day, raising many an eye brow as to the very purpose of the urgency of knowing what went wrong and where and whether knowingly and intentionally. It is astonishing to find that the Committee or the Bureaucrats’ panel has jumped deadline fixed twice for submission of the desired report.
It is widely believed that the Panel has desired for more time in doing its job which may sound, on the face of it, not much of a thing asked for but such an approach could best come under the purview of dilly dallying or adopting a casual attitude when it is the question of transparency and probity expected to be the guiding principles of the state craft. The Bureaucrats’ Panel must give a thought to the saying that “He gives thrice who gives in a trice”. Hence the report may be submitted, now, without any loss of time.