- By Umar Afzal Dar
ndia is a country where you can find that the students are being made the scapegoats for nothing. I am not being harsh here but I am penning the reality the student community is facing from decades. Every parent in India and especially in Union Territory of J&K wish their children get settled as soon as possible with respect to their financial ends.
The dream of every parent in J&K is to see their children serving in govt. sector. There is no surprise in this why they dream so. We all know the circumstances we are facing from decades. In the last two decades, we have seen why private sector can’t flourish here.
Being in the private sector your income, can all of sudden turn to Nil when clampdown occurs? It is the sad reality that many people really lost their jobs during the years when there had been total lockdown in J&K especially in Kashmir Valley. This is the main reason that every parent of J&K want their children to find a govt job as the income won’t get effected even if it everything goes down with respect to businesses. This is the backdrop of the importance of govt job in the UT of J&K.
There has been a rapid rise in the employment graph in J&K in last years. As per the report published in Deccan Herald, J&K is brewing at 16% unemployment rate which is much higher than overall employment rate of India i,e. 6.7%. By this report, the J&K marks the second position after Rajasthan at the top position. Every year there is a huge lot of pass-outs from various Engineering colleges across J&K and there has not been any major recruitment from years now. In the recent Panchayat Accountant Assistants, you can find the aspirants from diverse educational backgrounds and the reason for it is there is not been discipline centric advertisements from so many years.
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The job aspirant in J&K want to settle anywhere as they know anything happens here and no one knows what is going to happen next. Various departments across J&K take years to compile the vacancies and forward it to the recruiting agency, this leads to the stagnation of the pass outs, and unemployment shoots up.
Now I want to share the main part of this write up where I want to highlight the difference between our recruiting agency Jammu & Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC). There has been two recent advertisement notices by JKSSB wherein various departments had referred the same posts with same grade pay and selection procedure. But the aspirant are being called to fill the separate forms with separate fee for every post they want to help. Few years ago, I had filled 3 different forms of different departments but the advertisement notice was same and I had to pay fee for all the 3 forms.
The irony is when the admit card was issued there was a single test for all the 3 posts. Likewise in the recent advertisement notices, an aspirant who is unemployed and hardly earning any money he is being called to deposit fee in thousands. A friend of mine called me and told me that he is eligible for 13 posts and as per the application procedure he has to deposit 4550 rupees; 350 Rs per post.
And why is this so shocking is that when there will be examination or skill test there will be single examination for all the posts. Whereas when you talk of Service Selection Board SSC; recruiting agency for central govt posts. They list all the posts together and call it Common Graduate Level examination, wherein you have to deposit just 100 rupees for all the posts mentioned in the advertisement and you have to set preference for the posts.
Now the question is why JKSSB does not go for this; being the govt agency one remains clueless what for they need so much of amount. 1 lakh 60 thousands (1,60,000) panchayat account assistant aspirants submitted their forms with fee of 350 Rupees and it results in the amount of 56,000,000 (Five Crore Sixty Lakhs). Why is such an amount being taken from the unemployed youth? Why don’t they keep 100 Rs fee for one advertisement? I can’t rule out that conducting examination wont incur the expenditure but to this extent not surely.
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