DC says it’s being worked on
SOPORE: In a telling example of how the unemployed in Kashmir are manipulated and kept waiting for years even after completing every procedure, the Baramulla administration seems to have no interest in filling Class IV posts it advertised for years ago, some applications going back over a decade.
Hundreds of unemployed candidates from this north Kashmir district had submitted applications for various Class IV posts for which interviews were held in many phases, some even eleven years ago. The candidates, however, are still waiting for the final list which has not been made public yet, even after 11 years – a long period for any administration work.
According to sources, “Thousands of candidates from Baramulla district are waiting eagerly for this list; some have even made repeated visits to the District Commissioner’s office to find out about it, but they return disappointed every time.
“I have been waiting for the last 11 years for this list; my interview was taken way back, but I don’t know why the district administration is delaying this recruitment process for such a long time,” one of the candidates, Fayaz (name changed), told Kashmir Reader.
In 2006, the District Administration Baramulla invited application forms for various Class IV posts under advertisement number 04/DDC of 2006, dated 18-10-2006, under endorsement number DDCB/2006 class 4th/8522-35, dated 19-10-2006, but till date the final list of candidates is yet to make an appearance.
“Same posts were announced in other districts of Kashmir in the year 2006, and look at the irony! Those candidates in other districts who qualified the interviews way before are working in different departments of their concerned districts for the last many years, and our Baramulla district has yet to finalise the selection list, it’s seriously tragic,” another candidate told Kashmir Reader on condition of anonymity.
One candidate, Javid Ahmad, said, “The then authorities in Baramulla district had made different criteria for filling the Class IV posts, all of which we cleared. Interviews were held in two phases, one in 2008 and another in 2009, but I don’t know why this final list pending has been kept pending.
“According to reports, approximately six to seven thousand candidates had applied for 234 posts. By now, some of them have even crossed their age limit,” Javid added.
“At least six deputy commissioners of Baramulla district have been transferred since 2006, but no one found it necessary to finalise the list of Class IV candidates which has been pending for the last 11 years,” Javid said.
The candidates have appealed a number of times to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Chief Secretary B B Viyas to personally intervene in the matter so these unemployed youth will be provided with their legitimate right.
District Development Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nisar Ahmad Naqash told Kashmir Reader that he would not share details related to the time of making this list public but said that work on it is going on. When questioned why Baramulla is lagging so long when other districts have already completed this process, he replied, “So what can I do about it?”
Asked that it has been already 11 years, the DC snapped the phone abruptly.