Hold probe into backdoor appointments made in BJP-PDP rule: Harsh

JAMMU, Mar 2: Questioning the rationale behind cancellation of the selection process for J&K Bank POs and Banking Associates conducted and duly completed by IBPS, Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP & former Minister, on Monday said that reckless moves of the kind had antagonized the educated unemployed across the UT of J&K.
He said that the process of recruitment which was initiated in 2018 was supposed to culminate with the publication of select list with 145,000 applicants anxiously awaiting for the results after having appeared in the preliminary and main exams conducted by IBPS, a central autonomous recruitment body for banking personnel.
He regretted that while the selection process for said posts was scrapped despite having been conducted in conformity with the norms and standards prescribed for the banking positions by a highly professional autonomous body, the backdoor appointments made in the past in the J&K Bank as well as other government departments by officer-politician were allowed to continue by the present dispensation in J&K.
Making a mention of the 3000 odd illegal appointments made in the J&K Bank in PDP-BJP regime and having been established to be made through back door, the authorities concerned had faltered to revoke the same despite tremendous hue and cry from various quarters.
The helmsmen including the erstwhile State Governor had publically denounced the J&K Bank authorities for such back door appointments with assurances to revoke the unfair selections which too however were not honoured.
Likewise, said Singh, thousands of SPOs were appointed in Police Department through backdoor in BJP-PDP rule without following the prescribed norms on the subject.
And despite strong resistance from the bonafide youth, the matter was buried under the carpet, regretted Singh.
Similarly, he said, several thousands of blue-eyed candidates had been appointed on daily rate, contractual and casual basis during 2015-18 period on pick and choose by the then regime by defying the blanket ban imposed for such engagements on daily rate or casual basis.
He said that the government had admitted in Legislative Assembly in response to starred AQ No. 1011 tabled by an MLA that the number of DRWs and casual workers had increased from 62,000 in 2014 to 100501 in 2018. And still none was held accountable with the delinquent authorities going unpunished, lamented Singh.
Singh further referred to several hundreds of appointments through backdoor made in the departments

of Industries, Forests, Power and Health without following the SOPs.
He said that in Health Department, even the Hospital Development Fund was used for paying the wages and salaries of candidates appointed through backdoor by the politicians of PDP and BJP.
Seeking a probe into all such backdoor appointments made during the previous regime, Singh called for stringent punitive action against the politicians-officers nexus who had brazenly violated the SOPs for their personal, political and pecuniary gains. He said that rather than quashing the bonafide selection process of banking personnel held by a reputed central agency, the focus of UT administration needed to be over the illegal backdoor appointments made by corrupt political regime.

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