by Yawar Hussain
SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government has filled just 8 per cent of the total posts advertised since 2019.
The data was revealed by the government in a booklet titled “Jammu and Kashmir marching to new tune towards prosperity, peace and progress” released to showcase the achievements of the government since the reading down of the Article 370 in 2019.
As per the data, the government has identified and advertised a total of 34060 posts in various government departments since 2019 out of which they have filled just 2752 posts till date.
Under the government’s accelerated recruitment drive phase-1, 18800 posts were advertised by the Service Selection Board (SSB) out of which only 1889 people have been recruited.
The government has also revealed that under the accelerated recruitment drive phase-II, they have identified 15260 posts out of which they have filled 863 till now.
In the phase-I, the written test has been conducted for 12500 posts but the results are still awaited like in case of 300 odd recruitment processes being conducted by the SSB.
Also as per the data, the board is verifying the documents of 8575 Class-IV posts which have been marred by controversy since the aspirants above the level of graduates aren’t eligible for the posts.
The aspirants with higher qualifications have been protesting across Jammu and Kashmir with many threatening to approach the court for relief in the matter.
In phase-II, out of the 15260 total posts identified, 1531 are gazetted while 13,735 are non-gazetted. However, the government has only advertised 1253 posts among these since 2019.
The government data reveals that written test has been conducted in 998 posts in phase-II.
The data comes in the wake of the SSB marred by controversy around collecting Rs 77 crore as examination fees from March 2016 to September 2020 while not conducting the exam in various recruitment processes.
The information has been revealed by the department in response to a Right to Information (RTI) application.
What is more wondrous is the fact that the JKSSB in the RTI reply has revealed that in around 300 odd recruitment processes, for which the fee from aspirants was collected, the board never conducted exams.