HC delays recruitment for junior assistants, candidates angry

HC delays recruitment for junior assistants, candidates angry
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Sheikh Uzair

Srinagar: Aspirants who have applied for posts of Junior Assistant positions in High Court of Jammu and Kashmir have expressed resentment over delay in shortlisting of candidates and have raised questions in the recruitment process.
According to the notification no. 323, dated 26-05-2017, High Court J&K invited applications for the posts of Steno/typists and Junior Assistant positions for sub-ordinate judiciary for both the divisions of Jammu and Kashmir.
The shorthand/transcription test for steno/typists of Kashmir division was held on 23 September 2017 and the written examination for candidates who had applied for the post of Junior Assistant was held after a gap of a month on 29 October 2017.
While the selection list of the steno/typists for both the divisions was published in January 2018 after four months of appearing in the test but the Junior Assistant aspirants are yet to be short listed.
Even the second list of the steno/typists was declared in May this year but despite one year since the notification and seven months since the written examination, the outcome of the posts of Junior Assistants is not known.
“We have applied under the same notification and have appeared in the exams with only a month of difference but from four months the steno/typists have been appointed and are doing their jobs, but our selection list is nowhere,” said Sheikh Shabir, one the aspirants from Srinagar.
“Is this the fast-track recruitment government is so boasting about,” Shabir questioned. The aggrieved aspirants termed the slow-paced selection process by the High Court J&K as a “joke” and “wastage of time” and are “suspicion” of the recruitment process.
“Both the posts were advertised by the same institution under the same notification but why are they not short listing us while the steno/typists are appointed already. Something fishy is going on and we have doubts of favouritism,” said Musaib Ahmad, another aspirant from Sopore.
Jawad Ahmad, Principal Secretary, Cheif Justice High Court Jammu and Kashmir, who is the signatory of all the notifications so far, while talking to Kashmir Reader said that the “process is going on”.
When asked why the difference between the two posts when they were notified at the same time, he said that “these are two different things and it takes time” and dropped the call.