SRINAGAR: The Corporate Communications department of J&K Bank on Sunday released a statement by the bank’s chairman and CEO, Parvez Ahmed, who denied that politicians played any role in the recruitments made by the bank.
The statement said, “J&K Bank has maintained absolute transparency and fairness in the recruitment process. There is no scope of any tinkering in the merit list prepared by the reputed national level professional recruitment agency, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The bank is open to public scrutiny on this.”
The statement was released after an interview given by J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik in which he said that 582 candidates who qualified the J&K Bank’s recruitment process were set aside to make way for politicians’ relatives and workers.
“Comments of the Governor have been quoted out of context,” Parvez Ahmad said. “582 candidates have been appointed by clearing the waiting list from the previous recruitment process on account of vacancies arisen due to branch expansion in unbanked areas of J&K state.”
He stated that the waiting list has been cleared as per the directions of the Hon’ble Governor as the candidates were on the verge of being over-age.
The bank’s official spokesperson added that all recruitments for entry-level clerks and officers were undertaken via written examination conducted by IBPS, which is an autonomous body. “The procedure adopted by the Bank is in complete alignment with the standard procedure adopted by all nationalized Public Sector Banks,” the spokesperson said.
“Timely intimations regarding all stages of recruitments are issued in the form of public notifications and electronic intimations to candidates. There is no scope of any form of manipulation in the selection with strong systems and procedures ensuring absolute sanctity to the process,” the spokesperson said.