The statement of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha that it was difficult to run administration due to one lakh backdoor appointments/engagements made by previous regimes in Jammu Kashmir. The blustering statement from the head of the Administration may shock many in rest of India but not surprising for the people especially youth of Jammu Kashmir who have been bearing the brunt of unbridled plunder and chaos.
There was nothing new which the J&K Service Selection Board and J&K Public Service Commission have been doing in the past. It may be a changed political scenario that their unquestionable misdeeds got surfaced and an order to some extent might have been restored by the new dispensation.
Sinha targeted the local political parties and the dummies of national political parties that ruled J&K in rotations and in coalitions in the past seven decades. In a point-blank hit, Sinha said those who gave jobs to terrorists and their family members have no right to raise the bogey of “fair recruitment.”
Sinha also made a sweeping statement that there will be no more jobs on sale on roads and shops. Jobs will be given to those who have competence and the process of all recruitments will be fair and transparent.
According to Sinha, the SSB recruitment issue was raised and the complaints were found to be true, after which the administration turned the case over to the country’s premier investigating agency—the CBI. “CBI is still probing the case and so far many arrests have been made.”No matter how powerful the people involved in the fake recruitments and irregularities are, they will not be spared,” he said.
He also assured the public that those found guilty of irregularities or other misconduct in the SSB exams would face severe consequences.
He stated that if anyone suspects or witnesses any form of misconduct in any exam or recruitment process, they should notify the administration and be assured of serious action on those involved.
If the LG’s resolve is pursued honestly, then it will be a great solace for the present lot of youth who will be testing their hard-work on the canon of transparency and merit. However, a section of youth who expressed reservations over the tainted agency for computerised tests for ensuing exams are to be reassured with some tangible action that satisfies all beyond any iota of doubt today or tomorrow. They are still protesting.
While there is no point in questioning the declared pledge by the head of the Administration, a mere statement will not work. The resolve should be supported by honest and result oriented vigilance and monitoring because the malaise is deep-rooted.