JKSSB Issues Press Release Against Various Allegations – Know Details Here.
Subject – JKSSB rebuttals the allegations levelled by candidates against interview process for the posts of Assistant Information Officer.
This is with reference the news item titled “JKSSB issues 3 interview lists, deletes names of Jammu candidates adds more from Kashmir” wherein an attempt has been made to create a false narrative regarding the selection of Assistant Information Officer.
It is important to put the facts relating to the selection of Assistant Information Officer in perspective, however, first thing first; it is necessary to clarify that nobody from the newspaper or the reporter mentioned in the by-line has ever spoken to the Chairman JKSSB on the subject in the past or in recent days. Therefore, the quote attributed to the Chairman JKSSB is as much wrong and baseless, as is unethical and illegal. Even the name of the Chairman JKSSB has not been written correctly in the said news item.
Insofar as the shortlist for calling the candidates for interview is concerned, it has been prepared on the basis of applicable rules and procedures and in light of weightages assigned to various educational qualifications in the selection criteria notified for the post of Assistant Information Officer. There is no question of adding or deleting candidates on the basis of regional affiliations and that the selection process for any post is governed by selection criteria and not by affiliations of region, colour, caste or creed. The earlier shortlist as mentioned in the news item was withdrawn, after it came to notice that certain errors, particularly a programming error, had crept in its preparation, due to which rectification was imminent.
It is important to add that the selection process for the post of Assistant Information Officer has been languishing for the past almost a decade and went through multiple rounds of litigations, upto the level of Hon’ble Supreme Court. Presently, the case is under adjudication in the Division Bench of Hon’ble High Court at Srinagar and the JKSSB has been filing status/compliance reports regularly in the matter. The latest status report has been filed by the JKSSB on 9th September, 2021 before the Division Bench of the Hon’ble High Court wherein relevant facts relating to the revised shortlist have been placed on record.
It is further added that the JKSSB has carried out recruitment process in the recent months with utmost transparency and fairness, and has conducted two back to back largest ever OMR based examinations without complaints, despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The selection process under the PM Package for Kashmiri Migrants has been conducted with utmost transparency in a record time, and the same is in the concluding stage. In addition, the JKSSB has also cleared huge backlog of previous years and finalised selections which were languishing for one reason or another.
The JKSSB reiterates its commitment to ensure transparency and fairness of highest degree in all recruitment processes in tune with the expectation of general public, and would never get demoralised by motivated attempts of certain vested interests to peddle false information or tarnish its image (The Awam News)