Baramulla Class IV selection list published in January, but no word on their joining yet

Baramulla Class IV selection list published in January, but no word on their joining yet

BARAMULLA: Candidates from North Kashmir’s Baramulla district who were selected in January to fill different Class IV posts after a wait of 13 long years are still waiting to join.
On 16 January this year, the district administration Baramulla, under the chairmanship of then Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Nasir Ahmad Naqash, published a provisional list of selected candidates who had applied for different Class IV posts in the district. Four months have passed, and yet the present administration has still failed to appoint them. The candidates are roaming from one office to another, from Civil Secretariat Srinagar to DC office Baramulla, from the High Court to officials’ personal addresses.
Selected candidates said that the district administration had invited applications for the posts in the year 2006, when district Bandipora was also a sub-division of Baramulla district. However, with the administration failing to publish the list in the past 13 years, they said, it was only after public pressure in 2019 that the list was finally approved and published. But the administration has failed to appoint the candidates till date.
They said that most of the candidates were working in private schools or other private offices while some were engaged in small business units. But, the candidates said, when the administration published the selection list, they left their private jobs and closed their businesses. However, even after four months, the present administration, headed by Deputy Commissioner Dr Gulam Nabi Itoo, has continued to not make the appointments.
The candidates said that the honourable High Court of Jammu and Kashmir had already ordered that there are no stay orders for selection and appointment of the selected candidates. However, they questioned, what will be the outcome of any writ petition when, despite these orders, the district administration has not yet appointed the selected candidates?
The candidates said that, in the initial days, some dropout candidates had filed complaint letters against the list. But after proper investigation and checking, none of these were found to be genuine.
The candidates also said that the district administration published a shortlist of candidates in 2014, but it was dismissed by the honourable High Court.
The selected candidates, who have already crossed their age bar during their wait of the past 13 years, said that they visited the Civil Secretariat in Jammu last month and also the Civil Secretariat in Srinagar many times, but the concerned officials in the General Administration Department (GAD) had also failed to give them any relief.
The selected candidates appealed to the Commissioner Secretary GAD Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone and to the Chief Secretary and other officials to put pressure on the DC office Baramulla so that they can appoint the selected candidates or dismiss the selection list so the candidates can start their own livelihoods again. If there is no response, the 184 selected candidates can protest along with their families, they said, and the district administration Baramulla will be responsible.