Shortlisted candidates in quandary after JAKEDA projects scrapped

Shortlisted candidates in quandary after JAKEDA projects scrapped

SRINAGAR: Scores of candidates short-listed for interview for various posts advertised by Jammu and Kashmir Energy Development Agency (JAKEDA) about a year and half ago are facing a virtual “layoff”, even before their recruitment, as the proposed projects they were to be recruited have been scrapped by 80 percent, sources said.
The JAKEDA had advertised various posts under 12 categories, including Senior Technical Officer, Research Assistant, Legal Assistant, Accounts Assistant, Statistical Assistant, Assistant Engineer and Junior Assistant-in September 2017.
Candidates told Kashmir Reader that the recruitment process has been stuck after a provisional merit list of written test conducted in March 2018 was notified by the agency in June.
The agency issued a revised shortlist in August after incorporating weightage for higher academic qualification of candidates.
Since then, the agency has failed to conduct the interview even after directions from government’s grievance cell where the candidates had registered a complaint, one of them said.
The uncertainty on recruitment has taken a new twist as a reliable source in the JAKEDA told Kashmir Reader that the proposed hydropower generation of 10 MW, for which most of the posts were advertised, has been brought down to mere 2MW.
“Early on, we had a mandate to generate 10 MW hydropower at different sites spread across the state. Maximum number of the advertised posts was meant for the execution of the said projects, but the proposed 10 MW power generation has now been scuttled to only 2MW for which we already have a surplus staff,” the source added.
Some of the advertised posts, as per the source, were meant for the execution of projects under the Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP).
He added that the JAKEDA had written to higher ups in the Science and Technology Department about the fate of the recruitment.
“The proposal is with the administrative department. The interviews might be held only after model code of conduct ends,” he said.
“It is still under consideration. The JAKEDA is waiting for the department’s nod”.
Secretary Science and Technology Department, Sheikh Fayaz Ahmad could not be contacted for a comment.