Jammu Tawi, December 22
Alleging malpractices, nepotism, corruption and regional discrimination in the process of selections conducted by SSB, PSC and other recruiting agencies for govt. jobs, scores of Panthers Party activists led by Harsh Dev Singh Chairman JKNPP and Yash Paul Kundal State President Young Panthers staged a protest against regional discrimination in selection process to Government services besides seeking abolition of interviews in the recruitment for non-gazetted posts at Exhibition Ground, Jammu today. Hailing the verdict of SVC which indicated fraudulent selections at the cost of merit and recommended abolition of interviews for Class III and Class IV posts, Harsh Dev Singh regretted that while the interviews for these posts were abolished in rest of the country from January 1st this year, J&K Government remained non-chalant on the issue. He sought an immediate change in recruitment policy for state govt. jobs by abolition of the interview system and making selections on the basis of academic merit itself. He said that there were several instances where process of interview was abused and merit subverted by awarding disproportionate marks to the tail-enders. He further said that there was no justification for holding interview for the Class-III, Class-IV and Ministerial staff posts and the provision of interview in such posts had only increased the scope for manipulation, nepotism and corruption by the vested interests. He said that though the BJP led govt. at the centre had announced abolition of interview for all non-gazetted posts but ironically the BJP partnered govt. in J&K issued a notification mandating oral test (interview) for all such services which was to be held after written test. Yash Paul Kundal said that nepotism, large scale corruption and other malpractices have become a general phenomenon during the selection of the candidates in the interviews for the various category of posts. He demanded immediate obliteration of the interview system for govt. services and regional discrimination in the recruitment so that the meritorious and deserving candidates are selected in fair and transparent manner as per their merit and knowledge.