‘Fire & Emergency Services Appointment List being Held Back for Political Reasons’

Zafar Aafaq

SRINAGAR

Scores of unemployed youth Tuesday held a protest demonstration in press colony here against the alleged delay in release of the list of candidates who have been appointed as firemen in Fire and Emergency Services Department J&K.

The angry youth chanted slogans against DG Fire Service R S Sodhi for creating “unnecessary delay” in release of the list.

Notably, the aggrieved youth had protested against the administration last Sunday as well, however, “the authorities of J&K Fire & Emergency Services did not pay any heed to our concerns so far,” said Maqsood Ahmad Dar, a protestor.

Around 95000 candidates had applied against 852 posts as fireman in fire and emergency department in 2013. Three months later the students appeared for physical test and then 14000 of them qualified the written test which was held in 2014.  “Since then the process has come to a halt for no reason,” claimed Bilal Ahmad Ganai, another protestor.

The demonstrators claimed that number of the aspirants has crossed the ‘over-age’ limit and “they are in distress and it’s all because of callous approach of administration.”

“The appointment list is being held back for political reasons,” the protestors alleged, “the unionist political parties are doing so at the cost of our careers, lives.”

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