One lakh apply for 122 Class-IV posts

MUSHTAQ AHMAD

Srinagar, Jan 13: With unemployment growing in the state and the government job considered only real employment, nearly one lakh candidates have applied for over 100 class 4th posts in just two departments. The applicants include post graduates and graduates even though these posts don’t require any qualification.
The department of Handicrafts has received 45000 applications for 70 class 4th posts advertised few months back.  The 10th pass is the required qualification for the posts.
However, due to large number large number of applications received from graduates and post graduates, the department also included 10+2 qualification in the eligibility criteria.
The department didn’t shortlist candidates for the interview and decided for unknown reasons to conduct interview of all 45000 candidates.
Sources said that for about five posts in Kupwara district, 8000 people had submitted application and all of them were interviewed.
Experts say the department should have applied set criteria and called three times candidates for interview against the available vacancies.
“In one district you had three posts, and 4000 candidates had applied against them. The department called all 4000 for the interview. It not only generated hope among 4000 families, it also encourages thugs to dope people by promising jobs. And above all entire district machinery remains busy with the interview process,” says an official pleading anonymity.
However, the Director of the Handicrafts Department Muzaffar Ahmad Munshi doesn’t agree. “We got applications from post graduates and even graduates. We thought of interviewing all candidates and in fact we have completed interview process in six districts of Kashmir to make it fair,” said Munshi.  “It is a job of peon and we don’t need highly qualified people. So we interviewed all to see who could be the right person”.
The Animal Husbandry Department has received 37000 applications against 52 posts of Cattle and Poultry Assistants.
The Department advertised posts last year and set eligibility criteria of 10+2. Besides, the advertisement notice mentioned that candidates should have experience in handling livestock. The department expected that highly qualified youth will not apply for the posts.
“We need someone who could take care of livestock. But here even for this job an applicant with MSC Mathematics is competing with one with MA in English. That creates real problem. It is a huge task to interview all candidates. We need someone with a good physique to tame animals not a scholar,” said an official department pleading anonymity.
However, the applicants say that there is nothing wrong in applying for posts. “I am graduate and working as teacher in private school. I get Rs 1200 as monthly salary. At least as poultry assistant or a peon I will have respectable salary and a Government job,” said an applicant Abdul Hamid from uptown Srinagar.
Similarly, this recruitment process is also bedeviled with inordinate delay in the finalization of the selection list. Or sometimes, once these posts are advertised, their selection lists never see the light of the day. In 2010, Department of Rural Development advertised six class IV posts in Ganderbal, for which applications were sought and interviews held.   But two years down the line, the list is yet to be published, leaving scores of candidates who appeared for the interview in lurch.
However, when contacted, Director Rural Development Jahangir Mir told Greater Kashmir that the list will be out in two to three days. “The delay was the result of the transfers of some officials. Now the list has been finalized and will be out in a few days,” Mir said.
There are over 5.67 lakh unemployed educated youth who have registered themselves with various District Employment and Counseling Centers of Jammu and Kashmir. And there are 4.5 lakh Government employees in Jammu and Kashmir. In 2001-2002, the salary bill of the State was just Rs 3500 crore. However, it jumped to Rs 14000 crore in 2010-11.
On March 3, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah informed the State Assembly that in Jammu and Kashmir job, means government job only. “Unfortunately, the government is not able to absorb the youth beyond a certain capacity,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 13 Jan 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 13 Jan 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 14 Jan 2012 00:00:00 IST




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