Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has claimed that 582 candidates who qualified Jammu and Kashmir Bank’s recruitment examinations were sidelined by politicians to adjust their relatives and workers.
In an interview with Times Now, Malik said that a group of 40 candidates met him and told him that they had been dropped from the selection list despite qualifying the exams as well as interview for recruitment in Jammu and Kashmir Bank.
“I called the chairman of the bank. I told him I don’t want loans for anyone, I don’t want settlement of loans, I want jobs for these youths who have qualified the exams. The chairman told me that these were not just 40 but 582 such cases, where qualified youths were not given the jobs,” Malik said in the interview.
“This is the tragedy of Kashmir. People who don’t pay bribes don’t have any change to get a job. Corruption is rampant in Kashmir,” he added.
Malik said that he told the J&K Bank chairman to do justice with the youth who had qualified the bank examinations.
“The chairman told me that he will speak to the finance secretary, who is also a board member of the bank. I, too, spoke to the finance commissioner. He assured me he will bring a proposal. Last week, all 582 candidates got the appointment letter,” Malik said.
“There’s (also) a case,” Malik said, “where a candidate didn’t sit in KAS exams but still got selected.”
After the Governor’s revelations, former chief minister and National Conference (NC) president Omar Abdullah was quick to take a dig at the PDP-BJP government which was in charge when these recruitments were made.