Aspirants ask JK Bank to reduce application fee for PO, BA posts

Aspirants ask JK Bank to reduce application fee for PO, BA posts
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Fee ‘nominal’, says bank

Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Days after Governor Satya Pal Malik apparently bailed out the J&K Bank by reportedly calling it a “wonderful institution”-ironically claiming earlier that an entire list of selectees issued by the bank was unfair- the “exorbitant” application fee for the posts advertised by the bank recently has left the unemployed youth fumed.
The bank has fixed Rs 1,000 and Rs 800 respectively as application fee for the Probationary Officer (PO) and Banking Associate (BA) posts, which it advertised recently. Aspirants belonging to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes have been given a rebate of Rs 200 though.
The bank recently extended the last date for application for the posts by several days.
Several unemployed youth across valley told Kashmir Reader that cost of application forms fixed by the bank was “too much”.
They complained that the application fee was way higher as compared to the fee charged by the J&K Public Service Commission (JKPSC) and the J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB)- the state recruiting agencies for gazetted and non-gazetted posts respectively.
While the unemployed youth continued to suffer mentally, the J&K Bank by charging “high” fee, only added to their woes, alleged an unemployed youth from Srinagar, who is still “thinking of applying”.
“We are unemployed and the bank charging too much does not add up,” she added.
Kashmir Reader spoke to several aspirants for the posts and all of them unanimously told this reporter that the application fee for the posts was “too much”.
The “high” cost of the application forms charged by J&K Bank is even as the JKPSC is mulling to “slash” the application fee for the gazetted posts advertised by the agency as per a top official at the commission.
While the JKPSC gave a rebate of “fifty percent” in the application fee for the posts to the candidates belonging to reserved categories, the official informed that the agency did not charge any fee at all from specially-abled candidates.
For the J&K Bank however, the application fee for the PO and BA posts are “nominal” and “very less”, Sajad Bazaz, J&K spokesman feels.
“The fee structure is OK as per industry standards. It is very less. Other agencies charge more than this,” Bazaz told this reporter.
He however did not specify the agencies that charged “more fee” than the bank.
He asked for a “written statement from the candidates” over the cost of the application forms.
“We can just have a look and communicate it to the management,” he said.