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JAMMU: Alleging large scale malpractices, nepotism, corruption and regional discrimination in the process of selections conducted by PSC, SSB and other recruiting agencies for government jobs, scores of Panthers Party activists led by Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and former Education Minister held a protest at Exhibition Ground here on Wednesday seeking disbanding of present PSC besides abolition of interviews in the recruitment for non-gazetted posts. Expressing indignation over the recent discriminatory selections against the posts of Assistant Professors in Higher Education Department, Harsh accused BJP for failing to address the most significant issue facing Jammu youth and shamefully surrendering itself before the Kashmir centric leadership for the power avarice. He alleged huge regional bias in recruitments made by PSC for the posts of lecturers and Assistant Professors in various disciplines during the last two and a half years. He said that the select lists revealed abysmally low share of Jammu region in the said recruitments and demonstrated the highly parochial nature of selections.
Harsh made a particular mention of the recently published select list of Assistant Professors in the discipline of economics in which mere four posts went to Jammu region out of 27 and the rest were dished out to Kashmir. He regretted that earlier select lists also figured that out of 58 candidates in Commerce, 13 belonged to Jammu region, nine candidates out of 34 in History, seven candidates out of 26 in Physics, nine in Psychology out of 27 and likewise in other subjects. Harsh also pointed out highly biased and obnoxious selections in Eco and Statistics, wherein out of 26 candidates selected for Junior Statistical Assistants only one belonged to Jammu region. He further divulged that in Health and Medical Education Department, out of 123 selections of consultants in Radiology, Medicine, Ophthalmology, ENT, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Pathology and Paediatrics only 23 belonged to Jammu region.
Likewise in RMSA select list for special Education Teachers released yesterday he divulged that out of 52 candidates, only 14 belonged to Jammu region.
Anguished further over the fraudulent selections by the SSB for various non gazetted posts, Harsh regretted that while the interviews for Class III and IV posts were abolished in rest of the country from 1st January 2016, J and K Government has deliberately retained the practice with a view to use the process for vested interests. He sought an immediate change in recruitment policy for State government jobs by abolition of the interview system and making selections on the basis of academic merit itself.
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