The Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) chairman, Rajesh Sharma, has assured the youth of the state that the recruitment process will remain transparent and merit-based, despite ongoing protests over the hiring of a previously blacklisted company, APTECH Limited, for the conduct of computer-based written tests. Sharma has cautioned job seekers against individuals who are attempting to disrupt the recruitment process and has promised that strict action will be taken against such elements.
The protests in Jammu and Srinagar have been ongoing for the past two days and are fueled by concerns that the hiring of APTECH Limited will compromise the transparency and fairness of the recruitment process. However, Sharma has emphasized that the agency is not currently blacklisted, although it was blacklisted in Uttar Pradesh for a period of three years that ended in May 2022. He added that the agency is already conducting exams across the country and at the center and has successfully completed many CBT based examinations.
Sharma has also clarified that the tendering process for the recruitment agency was conducted strictly in accordance with the rules and regulations. He has also emphasized that the decision to blacklist a company cannot be made by a few individuals on the road or in a rotary but must be decided by the court. He has accused certain individuals of spreading misinformation and distortion on the issue and has stated that the matter is sub-judice, and the high court will take a decision in the matter.
Before initiating the tendering process, Sharma has said that the board held deliberations with stakeholders and realized that continuous updation of systems is very vital for any agency during the conduct of exams. The board has not given the selection process to any single agency but has engaged these agencies for rendering necessary assistance to conduct the exams.
The JKSSB chairman has reassured the youth of the state that the board is taking all safety measures, including the appointment of observers by the General Administration Department, observers of district administration, magistrates, as well as additional frisking, third-party audits, and installation of jammers, to conduct free and fair exams. He has emphasized that the board is committed to conducting exams with the highest degree of security and to uphold the sanctity of the recruitment process.
In conclusion, the protests over the hiring of APTECH Limited by the JKSSB for the conduct of computer-based written tests have raised concerns among job seekers about the transparency and fairness of the recruitment process. However, the JKSSB chairman, Rajesh Sharma, has reassured the youth of the state that the recruitment process will remain transparent and merit-based. He has also emphasized that strict action will be taken against those who attempt to disrupt the process and has urged job seekers to disregard rumors and misinformation. The matter is sub-judice, and the high court will take a decision in the matter.