Scrapping J&K Bank recruitment process totally bizarre: CPI (M)

Srinagar, Feb 29 : Terming the decision of Jammu and Kashmir administration to scrap the recruitment process of 250 probationary officers and 1,200 banking associates in J&K Bank started in 2018 as bizarre, CPI (M) Secretary Ghulam Nabi Malik said it has put the career of job aspirants in dark.

In a statement issued to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the decision was unwarranted as the process was going on for the last almost two years. The three phase examination was conducted during Governor S.P Malik’s tenure, with thousands of qualified aspirants from all the regions of Jammu and Kashmir participating in it.

The statement said that the administration’s reasons that various “legal infirmities” had been pointed out in the ongoing process are weird. The reality is that the recruitment process had started and concluded under Governor’s rule and not under any political government in the erstwhile State, it said.

“Those candidates, who had literally burned the midnight oil to qualify the exam, have lost two precious years of their careers with this mindless decision. It seems under a well thought out and well planned manner, the incumbent dispensation is ruining the career of well-educated youth of J&K,” the statement said.

It said that overt and covert ways, the administration wants to undermine the autonomy of this premier financial institution of J&K. The bank’s autonomy has to be protected and CPI (M) demands immediate rollback of the decision. The administration must not fiddle with the autonomy of the J&K Bank. The Bank is the collective asset of the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, the statement.

CPI (M) had been demanding transparency in the functioning of the Bank for years’ time and again CPI (M) representative in the assembly has been consistently demanding it on the floor of the House, but unfortunately the successive governments didn’t allow it to happen.

There must be accountability and probe against corruption, nepotism and favoritism. But this should not be a pretext to undermine the autonomy of the Bank. Not only in J&K Bank, but the present dispensation has made J&K Public Service Commission (PSC) defunct and put careers of thousands of candidates, who are awaiting interviews for civil services examination in jeopardy—