The Lieutenant Governor is being criticized for the administration’s decision to appoint blacklisted company ‘Aptech Limited’ to conduct the recruitment examination by the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board. National Conference leader Omar Abdullah said that this government is not trying to solve the issues of the people. We want an inquiry into who brought Aptech and where the fraud took place.
New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Sunday said that the recruitment process in Jammu and Kashmir was fair and he will resign if anyone proves it wrong.
According to a report published in NDTV, for the first time the result of J&K Administrative Service exam was declared within three hours of interview of the last candidate. Since then questions are being raised on the selection.
The Lt Governor’s remarks came amid criticism of the government’s decision to appoint ‘Aptech Limited’, an earlier blacklisted company, to conduct the recruitment examination by the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board.
Sinha said, ‘If anyone alleges that even a single fake recruitment has been done, I will leave Jammu and Kashmir the very next minute.’
Addressing a gathering on the occasion of the inauguration of Tulip Garden in Srinagar, Sinha said that wherever complaints have been received, orders have been given to conduct an inquiry by the country’s premier investigative agency, the CBI.
He further said, ‘Many people have been arrested and I want to assure people that no one will be spared, even if they are powerful. According to the law and constitution of the country, he will be punished severely.
Referring to the dismissal of several government employees and criticism by politicians, Sinha said 47 people have been sacked for their alleged involvement in terrorism and anti-national activities.
He said, ‘Those who recruited 1.5 lakh people through Chor Darwaza have no moral right to question them. Let them introspect. At the same time, he said that his administration will not take any wrong decision under anyone’s pressure.
He said that some people, who have acquired huge wealth by indulging in corruption, are opposing the imposition of wealth tax in the Union Territory.
He said, ‘The tax money, which belongs to the people, will be used for the benefit of the people. This will not be deposited in the consolidated fund of the union territory, but in the accounts of the local bodies.
He asked, ‘But some people create hue and cry. Someone said that tax will be imposed in villages also. Some of them are in responsible positions. How can municipal corporation tax be imposed in villages?
Sinha also said that no tax will be imposed on religious places.
According to the news agency ANI, former Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah has said on the matter, ‘This government is not trying to solve the issues of the people. We want an inquiry into who brought Aptech here and where the fraud took place. The youth should be assured that their future will not be played with.
This Govt is not at all trying to resolve the issues of the people. We want inquiry into who brought Aptech here and where did the fraud take place. The youth should be reassured that their future won’t be toyed with: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on paper leak case pic.twitter.com/EaBYvBd6Rx
— ANI (@ANI) Mar 20, 2023
On Manoj Sinha’s criticism of the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the recruitment process, he said, “No one is advocating that terrorists should be given government jobs, but it is also wrong that any should be punished just because he has the misfortune of having links with a terrorist. This is not the way to win the hearts and minds of the people. And this is not something that we will ever support.
It may be noted that earlier this month, several youths took to the streets at various places, including Jammu, to protest against the award of the contract for conducting recruitment tests for the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board to the blacklisted company Aptech Ltd. Was lathicharged and taken into custody.
The company has been blacklisted by many states of the country. The court even imposed a fine on him for alleged cheating and manipulation in the recruitment examination.
The Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board is going through a credibility crisis after allegations of irregularities and cancellation of selection lists surfaced in four major selection processes conducted since 2019.
Apart from this, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is already probing the allegations of paper leak during the sub-inspector recruitment exam held last year.
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