State

No action against accused, continuous extension indicates high level nexus

gy correspondent Jammu june 13
[ June 14, 2017 ] Time has come to take serious note of mess in Jammu Kashmir Public Service Commission as it is beyond doubt that so called persistently reengaged so called consultants is root cause of mass bungling and serious irregularities in selection process and the only remedial measures is to immediately remove them to retain its prestige glory which has always given satisfaction to candidates after they get selected by Commission. In another betrayal with meritorious candidates, Chairman, JKBOPEE has fraudulently managed the selection of her daughter after declared qualified by JKPSC. Moreover it deserves mentioning here that many candidates post graduate in the field shown failed where as simple MBBS got selected by JKPSC. People used to raise questions over selection of blue eyed persons but when one gets selected by JKPSC , nobody had any complain regarding functioning of Commission. Since these so called consultants have been reengaged, the Commission has been losing credibility with the release of every selection lists. There is no need to elaborate thediscrimination in selection in most of the selection lists in different department which is already in public domain. The need of the hour is to remove all those who have already brought bad name with their wrong doings and in order to avoid further loss of credibility of Commission; Govt must immediately intervene before the protests for discrimination in selection lists take ugly turn. Making fun of its name that is J&K Public Service Commission which stands for ensuring proper service to thousands of aspirants who anxiously wait for the release of advertisements for various posts with a hope of engagement has failed to come up to the expectations of people. J&K Public Service Commission has always been in news for wrong reasons. Serious allegations of favoritism and nepotism have all along marred the reputation of this prestigious institution. The enormous delay in conduct of various competitive civil services examinations and then the subsequent delay in announcing the results is a norm of sorts for the commission. As a result, many eligible candidates are denied respectable employment for no fault of theirs. Not only that, even the postings in the commission - especially of the retired bureaucrats -by the political dispensations have raised eyebrows many a times. Engaging Hakeem Ghulam Geelani, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat, as consultants in PSC respectively and still continuing till date and drawing Rs 54,349, Rs 42,339 respectively in addition to their pension after retiring from the same department where they have been reengaged besides perks and several incentives what a VIP is obliged to. However despite their ambiguous style of working, Hakim Gulam Jeelani, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat reengaged as consultants vide order No. 16-PSC of 2017 dated 31-01-2017 for further period of six months w.e.f 02-02-2017 .It deserves mentioning here that Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat was reengaged very next day after his superannuation on 31-03-2012 and till date he is continuing vide order No 16-PSC dated 31-01-2017.But same was done without taking any reference of meetings with the members. Following which three members, PSC, KB Jandial, MH Samoon and JA Makhdoomi wrote to Chairman jointly vide letter No. PSC/HM/JAM2012/214-16 Dated 14-09-2012 but nothing was done in that regard also. But strangely and deliberately re-engagement of employees continued unabated vide order Nos. 307/308-PSC of 2012 by then Chairman, MA Bhat dated 01-10-2012 and in latest order No. 125-PSC of 2015 dated10-08-2015 and 137-PSC of 2015 dated 19-08-2015 Hope that present Chairman Aslam Salam Deva and members PSC after the publication of this news item will go through all the loop holes in the Commission and accordingly will take desired steps to retain the credibility of the Commission which has lost its glory with its functioning for decades together. Despite persistent protests by political parties and students alike, no change of any improvement and addressing the issue of discrimination that has always been alleged by Jammu region candidates in selection have not been addressed. In this regard a writ petition is already filed in High Court vide Writ OWP No.892/2016, MP No. 1/2016 by Shubham Sharma and others challenging persistent reengagement of Hakim Gulam Jeelani, Mushtaq Ahmad Bhat in PSC. J&K Public Service Commission (PSC) has been in news again for its alleged favouritism and lack of transparency. Mainstream media as well as social media has been criticizing the commission for its wrongdoings. While the unemployment graph in Jammu and Kashmir continues to swell, the state government"s re-employment policy for "favourite" civil servants is furthering joblessness in the state and also telling upon the health of administration. This has been going on despite the fact that reengaged persons are infamous for leaking question papers, using all kinds of tricks to hoodwink the students and most importantly running the system without following established procedure. This is, interestingly, notwithstanding a clear-cut cabinet order of 2007 which says that "re-employment of a retired government servant shall be for a maximum of one year"-something invisible on ground. Later new Govt under late Chief Minister Mufti Mohd Sayeed issued an order vide No 384-GAD of 2015 dated 17-03-2015 revoked all the reemployment orders issued by various Govt departments, PSUs, Boards, Autonomous Bodies. Despite this from high-ranking bureaucrats to lower rung employees, the Jammu and Kashmir Government hasn"t shunted the practice of picking up its "favourite and influential" officials for re-engagement, extensions or re-employment. The phenomenon, which has drawn severe flak from civil society and political circles, is widespread in different departments and government-constituted commissions and other statutory bodies. Sources identified the reemployed officials as Hakim Gulam Jeelani, Mushtaq Ahmad. They were re-engaged soon after new PSC chairman Aslam Salam Deva and members took oath of office on July 28 last as special consultants. Mushtaq had joined PSC as a junior assistant and retired in April 2012 as under-secretary.. Since their superannuation, all of them are being re-employed by PSC after every six months. After six months of job, they are given a day"s break and then re-employed for another six months. "This has been continuing since their retirement," sources alleged. They are still continuing their services despite clear cut directions from the Govt to revoke such services with immediate effect. This issue of re-employment has also been raised by some ex-PSC members from time to time. As per rules and regulations such engagements and appointments, even temporary appointments can"t be done without the approval of the governor of the state. These appointments are in violation of Regulation 12 of J&K PSC (conditions of service) regulations, 1957". Sources, however, alleged that some of the re-engaged retired officials who had retired from the same department were reengaged again were being paid emoluments from the revolving fund generated from the sale of forms. After their reengagement, they are also drawing their pension from Govt treasury respectively. Except Geelani who has completed near about 10 years after his reengagement in PSC and besides utilizing all the facilities which PSC provides to its employees be it accommodation and high profile management of their visits mostly using air service for their visits. They are the part and parcel of PSC office Jammu as they know the loop holes and also the ways and means to generate funds for their families.It is also astonishing to find that an amount of Rs 5,00,566 was consumed from office expenses budget on refreshment from March 2009 to December 2014 under major head 2051 PSC vide treasury voucher Nos 20, 35, 11, 02, 15, 19, 22, 61, 09, 24 and 22. It may also be mentioned that the state government makes annual budgetary allocation of funds to PSC under different heads, which included professional and special services charges and outsourcing of upkeep. The practice to grant extensions to officials is in brazen violation of the 2007 government order clearly stating that "extension in government service and or re-employment of a retired government servant shall be strictly for a maximum of one year." But on ground, some officials, who happen to be close to power corridors, are in service years after their retirement. "The Government must give chance to new officials to assume key positions which have been occupied by retired officers. That is the way to remove deadwood and rejuvenate administration."Officials said the retired officials are seldom held accountable. "They don"t have anything at stake. They resort to wrongdoings and get away with them which is not the case with in-service officials who can be suspended, terminated for any irregularities. Their promotions can also get hampered," the official said. In recent years corruption and malpractices in job recruitment exams conducted by State Public Service Commissions are on the rise. The sad part is that those who have been reengaged have no considerable educational background and have given only time bound promotions to reach at their respectable posts. It is quite understandable from the protests of aspiring candidates who allege discrimination when their future is in hands of such persons who had no spirit of competition but even then reached top posts, so they can"t understand the competitive spirit of candidates who spends day and nights together to earn name and flame. Surprisingly the Commission is duty bound to seek permission from Governor in all the important decisions with regard to engagements, reengagements utilization of funds but the PSC has over sighted the directions of Governor and is being run unilaterally and in accordance with the selection of choice candidates. In the light of above facts there is need to look into all the lists released under these consultants so that meritorious candidates may not be further cheated and their faith in Commission is restored. The continuous reengagement of consultants which is still going on by latest order No 16-PSC of 2017 dated 31-01-2-017 is proof of large scale nexus from bottom to top and perhaps this is the reason why no action has been taken against them despite serious allegations on their credibility.It deserves mentioning here that Chief Minister, office had written to JKPSC which reads as in respect of various competitive examinations conducted through JKPSC, it has been reported in the media that the official answer keys have not been disclosed which has led to the outpouring of grievances from candidates across the state.As we are living in the age of transparency, and JKPSC being the highest institution for recruitment of gazetted posts in the state, it is expected that the JKPSC should disclose the official answer keys immediately after each examination so that student grievances are minimized and high level of transparency is maintained.