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

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 of district child protection officer and programme manager in May last year. However, the department shelved the process after collecting application forms from candidates along with the fee.

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

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

“The exam for supervisor post was to be conducted by SSB but the selection for post of programme manager and child protection officer was to be 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 the garb of providing jobs to the unemployed youth. “On an average Rs 1200 has been paid by each aspirants for three posts but Department is indecisive about conducting exams,” they said.

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

“A letter was written by SSB to General Administration Department (GAD) regarding the same but the file was not processed further for unknown reasons,” the source said. He said the proposal for cancellation of interview was submitted to ensure fair selection for the post. “There are always chances of frauds or using influences to favour blue eyed candidates in interviews due to which selection is not done on merits,” he said.

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

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

They said there are rumours about promotions of in-service Anganwari workers as supervisors and promotees will be adjusted against the available vacancies which were advertised for fresh recruitment. “But the Department can’t do it. They have taken exam fee from hundreds of aspirants,” the aspirants said.

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

Chairman JKSSB, Rahul Sharma said he will take up the matter with Government to check the status of the issue. “I will look into the matter,” Sharma said.