Department of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) is facing staff shortage Jammu Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has failed to recruit Assistant Information Officers (AIOs) since past 9 years.
Despite High court directions, Jammu Kashmir Service Selection Board, the fate of aspiring Assistant information Officers (AIOs) continues to remain in dark.
A delegation of job aspirants on Saturday expressed their resentment against the Jammu Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) for failing to release the selection of Assistant information Officers (AIOS) since past 9 years.
As per the delegation, the JKSSRB officials are delaying the selection list of 29 AIO's continuously and despite repeated pleas, things have remained unchanged on the ground.
Massarat Naz, a job aspirant told Rising Kashmir that it has been 9 years, when these posts were advertised and interview was conducted in 2011 year.
“They are misleading the unemployed youth of the J&K, and it seems JKSSB is delaying the results deliberately,” he said.
“We are verge of crossing the age limit but it seems department is least bothered about the same,” Naz said.
He said although provisional election list was released in 2012 but some candidates challenged the same in High Court on the basis of sidelining actual criteria of the 2010 advertisement.
“J&K High Court too founded the selection list of 29 AiOs biased and ordered for cancellation of provisional selection list in 2013 and directed JKSSRB to prepare fresh selection list as per rules of 2010,” he said.
“JKSSB did not bother to follow the same and throw the same directions to winds, leaving the aspirants to suffer,” he said.
Another aspirant, Nazir Ahmad Mir said JKSSRB dragged matter into Supreme Court in 2014 and it clarified in February 2017 that selection list is biased and overruled.
“They too ordered for cancellation of provisional selection list and directed authority to follow J&K High court directions without losing more time,” he said.
Mir said this is a clear that JKSSRB has failed to implement the same order. “More than 10 years have passed and it ruined the future of hundreds of aspirants,” he said.
Earlier J&K High Court today directed the JKSSRB to expeditiously conclude the process of selection for the posts of Assistant Information Officers and report the court on next date in shape of status report.
The Court directed the SSB to ensure that selection process as directed is expeditiously concluded. Board has to inform the court with regard to implementation of DB verdict whereby court had declared provisional selection of 29 Assistant Information Officers by JKSSRB as invalid.
Meanwhile, aspirants appealed Lieutenant Governor Administration and JKSSRB chairman to intervene in the matter, so that they can get a sigh of relief from daily harassment.
Special sectary to JKSSRB, Jung Bahadur Singh told Rising Kashmir that matter is pending with the department and they would look into the matter.
“Matter sub-judice and whatever there would be directions, the department would follow the same,” Singh said.