Bizarre it may sound, but yes, the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board, JKSSB has finally admitted that it has no rule, policy procedure with regard to time limit for completion of recruitment procedure for different posts.
While replying to an application under Right to Information Act of RTI activist Raman Sharma the State Recruitment Panel has stated that “no policy, rule is available in the Board”.
In response to the query of the information seeker about the maximum time limit fixed under which the recruitment procedure should be culminated by the JKSSB, the board in its letter no. SSB/ ADM/RTI-590/2014/99/14 Dated 22/01/2015 has informed that “The Board making the selections of various categories of posts after conducting the written test an viva-voce, within suitable time period, if the selection is not subjudice”.
In this reply the board officers have not mentioned any particular time period for culmination of recruitment procedure and have selectively used word “suitable time period”.
In response to another query of the applicant, where he has asked that “Whether there is any proposal pending with the JKSSB to formulate a policy/rule to fix time limit for completion of recruitment of different posts by JKSSB”, the Information officer of the board has replied in negative.
Giving further details about his RTI application, the information seeker informed that he had filed an RTI application with the JKSSB office at Srinagar in the month of August last year to know the status of selection list of teachers of districts Jammu/Udhampur & Kathua for which the advertisement were issued by the JKSSB vide notices no 03 of 2012, dated 28.12.2012, no: 02 of 2013 dated 16.02.2013, & no: 05 of 2013 dated 02.03.2013 for which the exams & interviews were already conducted for the said posts & even the merit list been declared/announced for districts like, Reasi, Kishtwar, Poonch, Baramulla, Ganderbal etc but the merit list/selection lists of district Jammu/udhampur and Kathua are still awaited.
In reply (after 5 months) to this query of the applicant, the JKSSB have replied that the selection list of district cadre Jammu/Kathua/Udhampur is under stay as and when the stay is vacated the list will be published in withtin short period of time.
Raman Sharma, the applicant while commenting on the information received from the JKSSB has urged the state government to formulate a policy for JKSSB for completing the recruitment exercises for all posts withtin a stipulated period of say 3 months to 6 months, in absence of any stipulated period of time, thousands of posts remain vacant and the aspirants remain uncertain about their future.