Job aspirants protests continue, JKSSB Chairman says, protests motivated

JAMMU — The job aspirants in Jammu and Kashmir on second consecutive day on Friday continued to protest against the hiring of black-listed company, APTECH Limited, by the Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) for conducting exams.

The aspirants were demanding ban on APTECH Limited for conducting exams.

After protests in Srinagar and Jammu, the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) Chairman Rajesh Sharma on Friday assured the youth that there will be no compromise on transparency and merit. The board is very much aware of your concerns and all efforts will be made to conduct exams in a fair, transparent and secure manner, he said.

He said, Justice will be ensured. Youth’s ability and merit will be respected and strict action will be taken against all those elements who are trying to harm the future of meritorious aspirants.

Allaying apprehensions on the hiring of APTECH Limited, he said the agency is not blacklisted as on date, though it was blacklisted in Uttar Pradesh in May 2019 for a period of three years that expired in May 2022.

I would like to clarify that blacklisting is a restrictive term valid for a period. It has to be distinguished from disbanding i.e. permanent blacklisting. The present protests seem to be motivated to derail the functioning of the board, he said.

It is not that Mr A or Mr B will decide blacklisting, let the court give judgement. It cannot be decided by a few on a road or in a rotary. These persons levelling unsubstantiated allegations have clear ulterior motives, he claimed.

As far as the allegation against the recruitment agency is concerned, the matter is sub-judice and the high court will take a decision in the matter. The issue will be settled by the law and not by sloganeering. The instant protests seem to be an attempt to influence the high court, he said.

We are committed to conduct exams including those scheduled from March 16 with the highest degree of security. Our mission is to uphold the sanctity of the recruitment process, he said. — (PTI)