JKeGA Project Managers’ selection challenged


Srinagar, Nov 13: An aggrieved candidate has challenged the selection of Project Managers in the Jammu and Kashmir-e-Governance Agency in the State High Court.
 The candidate Simaan Hamid Baba has argued that the selected candidates (Respondent No 4 and 5) were already working in the agency as consultants and they were members of Board of Governors of the agency.
 “Above all they were part of the selection committee which fixed the criteria for selection for the posts,” the petition reads. “The selection was done in an arbitrary manner.”
 The Agency had issued notification for filling up three posts of Project Managers on August 31 this year.
 On October 17, the department issued selection list of three candidates for the posts of Project Managers-Munish Chandan (respondent No 4), Dalvinder Singh (respondent No 5) and Saima Shafi Mir (respondent No 6).  
 The petitioner has claimed that among other conditions the notification had mentioned that minimum qualification/experience required for the post was BE/Btech+MBA/PGDBM+seven years.
 The petitions reads that the advertisement notification mentioned that candidates would be shortlisted for interview (for one vacancy 10 candidates would be shortlisted) and the selection would be done on point system with BO basis for education qualification and experience and 20 points for interview.
 Besides it was laid down in the advertisement notice that list of shortlisted candidates shall be notified separately.
 “However, shockingly the agency didn’t issue/publish any shortlist nor was I intimated about the date of interview despite being eligible for the post,” the petition reads. “A selection list was issued without following laid down procedure.”
 The petition reads that the agency was required to follow the ratio of 1:5 but instead 1:4 formula was adopted and only 12 candidates were called for interview. Also, the respondents did not fix upper/minimum age for filling up the post.
 “Besides, the selection list was issued under the seal and signature of Additional Chief Executive Officer who is not any authority recognized by the act memorandum of association,” the petition reads.
 It said the candidates who were selected (respondent No 4 and 5) were working as consultants with the E-governance agency and participated in the 5th meeting of the Board of Governors of the agency on August 27 in which the criteria for filling up the post was fixed.
 “Respondents 4 and 5 (selected candidates) being candidates who participated in the selection process could not have been allowed to fix criteria for the posts against whom they were selected. On that ground alone selection is liable to be quashed,” the petition reads.
 It said the selected candidates were not possessing relevant experience but they were given 20 marks given in the interview while as other candidates were given zero marks.
 The criteria adopted for filling up the posts was not approved by BoG which renders the whole selection process against law and liable to be quashed.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 13 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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