Amid HC directions, JKSSB puts teacher selection list on hold

Amid HC directions, JKSSB puts teacher selection list on hold
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Irshad Khan

Srinagar: Awaiting directions from the government over the fate of candidates “erroneously dropped” in the provisional merit list and the High Court’s decision “in favour of the candidates”, the J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) has put on hold the selection list of teacher posts even as it has already completed the counseling and document verification of the shortlisted candidates.
The board completed the counseling and document verification of the shortlisted candidates for teacher posts in October.
The 2,154 state cadre teacher posts in General line, Urdu, Maths and Sciences categories were advertised by the government in December last year.
After the board issued the provisional merit list, many “meritorious” candidates alleged that the board had not awarded them the vital points for their academic qualification, which as per them, pushed them out of the merit list.
Over 6,000 candidates were called for counseling and document verification by the JKSSB, as per an official.
After the JKSSB showed them the door and blamed them for their own carelessness, the aggrieved candidates knocked the door of the state High Court.
A top official in the JKSSB told Kashmir Reader that the court had directed the board “to consider the candidature of roughly eleven candidates”.
Although they were done with the counseling and document verification of the shortlisted candidates, the official said that the board had “withheld” the selection list.
He said that the stand of the board was “that it will consider those degrees only indicated in the application forms”.
However, after the High Court orders in favour of the candidates, the JKSSB has written to the General Administration Department for the government’s opinion.
“We had no remedy, so we wrote to the government. As on date the opinion is with the government. Once the government takes a call, we will act accordingly,” the official said. With the new candidates likely to be included in the merit list, “There might be some minor changes” in the selection list, stated the official.
The official even felt that some candidates “might be pushed out of the selection zone. Other candidates might replace them”.
“This is a very serious thing. So we will have to wait for the opinion of the government,” he added.
Apart from the court cases, there were “scores of other representations filed by the candidates” as per the official.
Confirming that the High Court had given decision “in favour of” the aggrieved candidates, Commissioner Secretary General Administration Department (GAD), Hilal Ahmad Parray told Kashmir Reader that the matter was “under examination”.
Parray confirmed that the JKSSB has written to GAD on the matter.
“The case has come to us. They have sought our opinion,” he said.