Government still indecisive on exam for supervisor post in Social Welfare Department

Aspirants in despair for a year now
Government still indecisive on exam for supervisor post in Social Welfare Department
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Despite the passage of more than a year, the J&K government is indecisive about holding exams of aspirants who have applied for the supervisor post in Social Welfare Department.

Also, the Department invited application for the post ofdistrict child protection officer and programme manager in May last year.However, the department shelved the process after collecting application formsfrom candidates along with the fee.

Both these posts were advertised during the previous PDP ledcoalition government under different schemes of the Social Welfare Department.

According to the candidates, the J&K service selectionboard (SSB) invited applications for the supervisor post in April last yearfollowing which the aspirants submitted their application along with the Rs 800as examination fee.

"The exam for supervisor post was to be conducted by SSB butthe selection for post of programme manager and child protection officer was tobe done at department level. But none of the three exams was conducted so far,"a group of female candidates told Greater Kashmir.

They accused the Department of siphoning the fee under thegarb of providing jobs to the unemployed youth. "On an average Rs 1200 has beenpaid by each aspirants for three posts but Department is indecisive aboutconducting exams," they said.

A source in the civil secretariat said that the selectionfor the post of was to be done on basis of written exam and interview but theauthorities in SSB had proposed to cancel the interview and go ahead forselection on performance of candidates in written exams.

"A letter was written by SSB to General AdministrationDepartment (GAD) regarding the same but the file was not processed further forunknown reasons," the source said. He said the proposal for cancellation ofinterview was submitted to ensure fair selection for the post. "There arealways chances of frauds or using influences to favour blue eyed candidates ininterviews due to which selection is not done on merits," he said.

Meanwhile the prolonged delay by the Government has left theaspirants in state of despair. "After submitting forms we joined coachingclasses to prepare for the exam and paid Rs 6000 to Rs 7000 for the course. Theclasses are over but the Department is yet to come clear about exams," theaspirants said.

They complained that Government has subjected them to mentaltrauma by delaying exams. "As per the job notifications 13 posts were notifiedfor Baramulla district and I had high hopes for my selection. But theGovernment is playing spoilsport," said one of the candidates from Baramulla.

They said there are rumours about promotions of in-serviceAnganwari workers as supervisors and promotees will be adjusted against theavailable vacancies which were advertised for fresh recruitment. "But theDepartment can't do it. They have taken exam fee from hundreds of aspirants,"the aspirants said.

Commissioner Secretary GAD, Farooq Ahmad Lone, said he willascertain about the progress into the matter.

Chairman JKSSB, Rahul Sharma said he will take up the matterwith Government to check the status of the issue. "I will look into thematter," Sharma said.

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