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J&K: SSB yet to announce results of months-old exam
Few months back, the Service Selection Board of Jammu and Kashmir, interviewed young candidates for several posts of teachers. However, the results of the same have not been made public, till date. Even, the authorities are not reachable
MORE THAN a month has passed since the Chairman of Service Selection Board, BD Bhagat announced that the selection for the thousands of posts of teachers are ready and will be declared in few days. But the Service Selection Board (SSB) is yet to publish these selection lists and this has led to suspicion among the candidates, who appeared for the interviews. The officials of the Service Selection Board are not responding to any query now.

The Service Selection Board issued notifications for thousands of posts in various departments in April 2008, months before the J&K Assembly elections were scheduled. The government then had said that the recruitment for these posts would be done on fast track. The interviews, in fact, were completed by August. However, the results are yet to be declared.

“There has been inordinate delay and this has created suspicion among us,” says Riyaz Rasool, a candidate from Kupwara district, who appeared in the interview in the month of June and is now waiting eagerly for the selection list. “We don’t know why they aren’t making the selection lists public. May be they want to accommodate their own people.”

A month ago, Bhagat had declared that the selection lists will be made public in a day or two. He retracted a few days later and sought three more days for declaration of the selection list. But more than a month has passed since and the selection lists are yet to come out.

The SSB officials aren’t ready to respond to any query from the candidates or even the media. Chairman Bhagat, doesn’t take any phone and every time, the voice on the other side says that he is in the Civil Secretariat and has kept his cell phone in the office.

The candidates have another fear. With a new political government in place, they fear that the political influences will now play its part and that will mar the merit. “During Governor’s rule, we hoped that a fair selection list will be prepared,” says Mudasir Amin, another candidate. “But now a political government has sworn in, there is every possibility that the lists will be played with and I apprehend that is the reason for this delay.”

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