A number of job aspirants, protesting towards the hiring of a beforehand black-listed firm by the Jammu and Kashmir Companies Choice Board (JKSSB) for conducting written examinations, had been detained by police in Jammu on Wednesday, officers mentioned.
The protesters assembled exterior Dogra Chowk within the coronary heart of Jammu metropolis and tried to take out a march in violation of prohibitory orders when police swung into motion and restored to delicate lathi-charge earlier than detaining a number of of them, the officers mentioned.
The protesters raised slogans towards the JKSSB for hiring APTECH Restricted, the corporate which had been blacklisted in 2019, for the conduct of computer-based exams.
A senior official of the JKSSB mentioned there was no justification for the protest because the matter with regard to the hiring of APTECH firm is “sub-judice”.
Nonetheless, he mentioned, the corporate was employed as per the central and J-Ok authorities pointers because it has already accomplished the blacklisting interval of three years in Could final 12 months.
“After we are deciding on an organization for conducting a written examination, we additionally make use of checks and balances to make sure transparency, accountability and equity within the choice. We’re following a process which is matching the requirements of main national-level recruitment companies,” the official mentioned.
Chanting slogans like “APTECH return” and “we wish justice”, the protesters mentioned they’re involved about their future as they’re crossing the age restrict as a result of alleged failure of the administration to finish the recruitment course of on time.
“They’re conducting an examination after which cancelling it…what number of instances do we’ve got to seem for a similar examination again and again,” a protester mentioned.
In July final 12 months, the Jammu and Kashmir administration headed by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha cancelled the chosen listing of 1,200 police sub-inspectors, 1300 junior engineers, and 1,000 finance account assistants (FAA) following allegations of paper leak and malpractices.
The CBI, which is investigating the sub-inspector recruitment rip-off after registering a case on August 3 on a reference from the J-Ok administration, had already filed a chargesheet towards 24 individuals together with the mastermind, Yatin Yadav of Rewari, and a BSF commandant, on November 12, 2022.
“APTECH was blacklisted up to now and there’s no assure it is not going to do any wrongdoing sooner or later. What compelled the LG administration to have interaction such a black-listed firm?” requested a lady protester.
A peaceable protest was additionally held at Press Enclave in Srinagar the place many job aspirants raised slogans towards APTECH and the JKSSB.
Former chief minister Omar Abdullah together with leaders of different political events condemned using power towards the job aspirants.
“I condemn, within the strongest doable phrases, using power and lathi cost towards college students and JKSSB aspirants. These kids had been exercising their democratic proper to protest towards the latest resolution to have interaction a blacklisted agency,” Abdullah, the Nationwide Convention vp, mentioned.
Talking to reporters in Shopian, PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti condemned the lathi-charge towards the job aspirants in Jammu.
“Many unemployed youths are on protest each in Srinagar and Jammu. They had been lathi-charged and I condemn that in strongest doable phrases. Is that this their fault that they wished to ask the BJP authorities why is their future being performed with,’ she mentioned.
On what foundation, and at whose behest, has the corporate, which is blacklisted by different states, been awarded contract to conduct the recruitment right here, she requested.
“Legal guidelines had been modified to verify it will get the contract. So, the youth had been asking this query solely, however they had been lathicharged, detained. I demand that the LG take motion towards these officers who’re concerned on this,” Mehbooba mentioned.
The youths work onerous, put together for the exams day-night, however then they’re instructed that there was some irregularity within the recruitment — carried out by APTECH — and the examination was cancelled, the previous J and Ok chief minister mentioned.
“They’ve to begin from zero once more. They (the federal government) are pushing the way forward for the youth right here to darkness,” she added.
Folks’s Convention chairman Sajad Lone additionally condemned the police motion.
“Strongly condemn using power towards college students protesting APTECH. Utilizing power towards college students exhibits how alienated the administration is. Who would order use of power towards younger college students. Have some disgrace. U (you) would most likely have kids at residence, of identical age group,” Lone wrote on Twitter.
Democratic Azad Occasion (DAP) chief and former J and Ok chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad tweeted, “It’s disheartening to listen to about using violence towards #JKSSB aspirants in J and Ok who had been peacefully protesting for his or her future. I strongly condemn such actions and urge the federal government to intervene to guard the rights of scholars with out worry of hurt!” Congress spokesperson Jahanzaib Sirwal, DAP chief spokesperson Salman Nizami and Apni Occasion Youth Wing state vp Raqeeq Ahmed Khan additionally condemned using “brute power” towards the peaceable protesters.
“The corporate is blacklisted in so many states and has additionally been fined by the Supreme Courtroom. What extra could be a second of displeasure for the youth of J and Ok,” Nizami mentioned.
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