An Open Letter to Director School Education Kashmir

An Open Letter to Director School Education Kashmir

Imad Wasim

It can have good or bad repercussions on my future it depends on how you read, if you read it through eyes of face you will reprimand me with sanctions and if you read it through eyes of mind you will reward me with what I want. Please look into this matter and save our soul”
It is often said joy is short lived as it is always followed by shadow called sorrow and it doesn’t take too long for sorrows to overshadow moments of joy and jubilation. Almost one year ago, the JKSSB uploaded the merit list of the much anticipated teacher list on its website and like thousands of other candidates; I too figured among qualified candidates. Since then it took nine months for the merit list to transform into a selection list and two more weeks for file to land from desk of chairman JKSSB to desk of DSEK for final approval. This delay in completion of due recruitment process on time by the administration under the smokescreen of the infamous Red tapism is nothing new for anyone residing in this part of the world as this has become part of our routine to wait helplessly for people at helm to decide our fate and JKSSB can’t be blamed for this lengthy delay.
Call it a better late than never moment; finally my occasion of receiving formal order of joining the profession had arrived. In a spirit of joy and excitement on a bright sunny Thursday afternoon I landed at the CEO office Baramulla. Candidates had lined up in a serpentine queue. This mean tI had to wait for my turn to reach out to pigeon hole of grilled iron window to receive my order. But the message was clear I had to prepare myself for worse as most of candidates who vacated queue with order were shaking their heads in disbelief over place of posting and with me it was no different I had been posted in far-flung area outside my zone in Zone 3 belt ; with this my joy was stolen, without a second thought I objected to this order on genuine grounds but it worked to no avail and clerk at helm reprimanded me by daunting informally: accept it or leave us quickly.
One fails to understand rationality behind criteria of posting as people residing in North pole have been posted in South pole and if it would have been done with everyone than I had no objection but it seems designated people have been marginalized. Prima facie, it appears only those candidates have been discriminated who had no reach to echelons of power in opposition to those who are closer to corridors of power. Candidates having Zaan and Pehchan have been posted at a walking distance from home. One also fails to understand what criteria has been used while allotting place of posting: if it had been on the basis of rank obtained in selection list than I was among the toppers but surely this was not the case as people at bottom of selection list and those selected on category quota have been posted in their respective zones(violation of SRO -294).Second if had been on the basis of vacancies in respective zones than. The zone I am residing in still has more than fifty vacancies to fulfill but this seems not to be the criteria again as I have been posted outside my zone when there are still vacant positions in my zone and finally if it had been done on the basis of degrees than I like many others deserved better treatment. How can you ignore a person with NET/SLET and MPhil by posting him in primary and middle school?
Thus one can say on genuine grounds that the respected CEO has failed to justify this criteria of posting and one can only conclude people who had reach to clerks, subordinate staff and corridors of power have been posted at place of convenience and preference without caring about rank, degrees and vacancies in respective zones and those who don’t know this game of greasing the palms have been kicked to rot in far-flung area though we figured at top of ladder in terms of rank ,degrees , experience and much more.
To conclude It seems that the respected CEO resident of Bandipora is not fully aware about the topography of Baramulla; he must know four districts like Bandipora will get fitted in one Baramulla district considered as the largest and longest district with head in Narbal and tail in Uri or he has been misled by his subordinates otherwise he couldn’t have dared to post a guy from Tangmarg at the Uri middle school. Also, he should have known that a job is tool by which we give back to our family and society what they had spent on our studies in terms of money and psychological support. Now you are robbing us of our comforts of home by forcing us to stay as tenants in far-flung areas.
Cutting a long story short I had no urgency to use this platform to highlight our collective grievance on media but the respected CEO never gave a chance to listen to our grievances and for four consecutive days I visited his office but he always remained absent. Now by virtue of reading this letter it can have good or bad repercussions on my future it depends on how you read, if you read it through eyes of face you will reprimand me with sanctions and if you read it through eyes of mind you will reward me with what I want. Please look into this matter and save our soul.

—The author is an eligible assistant professor with NET-JRF/SLET degree and has been appointed as aschool teacher. He can be reached