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Furore over Guv’s remark: Open to public scrutiny, says JK Bank

Srinagar, Oct 28: A day after reports attributed to the J&K Governor about ‘illegal’ recruitment in jobs in the J&K Bank, the bank chairman said that there is no scope of tinkering with any selection list.

The Bank chairman Parvaiz Ahmad said that the Governor has been misquoted by the reports.

In a series of tweets, JK Bank Chairman Sunday said: “Absolute transparency & fairness in the recruitment process. There is no scope of any tinkering in the merit list prepared by the reputed national level professional recruitment agency IBPS. Open to public scrutiny on this.”


“Comments of the Governor have been quoted out of context by a newspaper. 582 candidates have been appointed by clearing the waiting list from the previous recruitment process on account of vacancies arisen due to branch expansion in unbanked areas of J&K state,” he tweeted.

In yet another tweet, JK Bank Chairman said “Waiting list cleared as per the directions of the Governor as the candidates were on the verge of overage.”

&K Bank has maintained absolute transparency and fairness in the recruitment process. There is no scope of any tinkering in the merit list prepared by the reputed national level professional recruitment agency, the Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS). The bank is open to public scrutiny on this.

Meanwhile, the Bank’s official spokesperson added that all the recruitments for the entry level clerks and officers are undertaken via written examination conducted by the national level professional recruitment agency (IBPS), which is an autonomous body set up to evolve and implement world class processes of assessment and selection.

The procedure adopted by the Bank, as per the spokesperson, is in complete alignment with the standard procedure adopted by all nationalized Public Sector Banks.

“Timely intimations regarding all stages of recruitments are issued in the form of public notifications and electronic intimations to candidates. There is no scope of any form of manipulation in the selection with strong systems and procedures ensuring absolute sanctity to the process,” the spokesperson said.

He further stated that the vacancies had arisen on account of an aggressive Branch Expansion plan in J&K”s underbanked and unbanked areas which stands duly approved by the Board of the Bank.

The plan envisages 200 more branches in the state. Besides, accrued shortfall on account of prior expansion and retirements in last two years necessitated recruitment of staff on immediate basis. The induction of waiting list candidates was done by the Bank as per the directions of the Governor in order to  fill Bank’s immediate short fall of staff requirements  and to fulfill the compassionate vision of the Governor for the over aging waiting list candidates.

Earlier on Saturday, Governor Malik, as per media reports, had revealed that during previous PDP-BJP government a complete selection list of 582 candidates in Jammu and Kashmir Bank was set aside to appoint political workers in their place.

He also raised question mark on the working of Public Services Commission (PSC) saying a youth was selected for KAS even without appearing in the examinations.

Malik revealed it during an interview with Times Now, adding that 40 youth approached him saying they had cleared all examinations and figured in the selection list of Jammu and Kashmir Bank but were replaced by relatives and workers of political parties.

“I called the Jammu and Kashmir Bank Chairman,” he said. “He told me that the number was not 40 but all 582 youths recruited by the Bank had been replaced with the political appointees, recommended by the leaders from every constituency. I asked the Bank Chairman to give the youth their due. I also called the Finance Secretary and finally a resolution was adopted and all 582 candidates have been given appointment letters.”

Raising serious question mark over functioning of the PSC which had been under clout for serious discrimination with Jammu region in all recruitments made during the PDP-BJP Government headed by Mehbooba Mufti, Malik said that a youth was selected for the KAS without appearing for the examination.

Taking a dig at the previous coalition government, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wrote on his Twitter: “More skeletons fall out of the cupboard – PDP-BJP changed the entire select list of J&K Bank to appoint favourites: Guv.”

 

Govt denies media report

Jammu, Oct 28: The State Government has denied a report that appeared in the Daily Excelsior Sunday in connection with an interview given by the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Satya Pal Malik, to a leading Delhi-based news channel on Saturday.

In a statement issued Sunday, an official spokesperson clarified that the Governor during his interview with the news channel did not name any political party in the context of appointments recently made by the Jammu & Kashmir Bank.

 

PSC didn’t recommend anyone: Deva

Srinagar, Oct 28: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (PSC) Latief-u-Zaman Deva has categorically clarified that the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission has not recommended anyone without qualifying combined services examination (KAS) as reported in a section of media.

Talking to Kashmir News Service, Deva said “the public service commission has not recommended anyone for combined services (KAS) without qualifying the combined services examination (KAS). A media report which has said that one particular person has been recommended without qualifying combined services (KAS) examination for combined services (KAS) by Jammu and Kashmir Public service commission is totally baseless and just a figment of imagination.”

Pertinently the media reports quoted Governor Satya Pal Malik saying that an individual has been selected for KAS without even appearing in the said exam.