JKSSB Draws Criticism for Poor Heating Arrangements During Recruitment Exams
Scores of aspirants who appeared in the ongoing recruitment examinations conducted by the J&K Service Selection Board (JKSSB) have complained about the poor heating arrangements in the examination centres, which left them at the receiving end. The written examination for various posts was conducted in the first week of February, following which the candidates complained about inadequate heating arrangements in the examination halls.
Aspirants expressed their concern, stating that the lack of proper heating arrangements affected their performance and put them out of merit. Candidates were shivering due to the prevailing cold weather conditions, and it was challenging for them to sit and write for around six hours in the examination without adequate heating. The JKSSB had scheduled exams for the posts of labor inspector, labor officer, vehicle inspector, patwari, drivers, and other positions.
The candidates said the JKSSB, the recruiting agency for holding exams for non-gazetted posts of various departments, should have delayed the exams to provide equal opportunities to them. They urged the board to delay the exams for at least one or two months to ensure that all candidates from all areas of J&K are given a level playing field to perform well.
Anzar, another aspirant, said, “This was not the right time to schedule the exam in the Kashmir division. The government was already aware of the cold climatic conditions in the Valley, and written exams should not have been scheduled at this point of time.”
Shahnawaz Ahmad Mir, an aspirant from Baramulla, said, “Recently, there were very few candidates from Kashmir figuring in the selection list of KAS 2021 exams. The number was less for the first time. The trend should not continue in the exams for non-gazetted posts.”
The candidates’ complaints have not gone unnoticed, as the Chairman of JKSSB, Rajesh Sharma, acknowledged that a single heating gadget provided in one examination hall cannot suffice the needs of the aspirants. He said that they have decided to schedule all the major recruitment examinations after March 15 for the convenience of the candidates. “We understand that having a single heating gadget in a big examination hall will not serve, and examinees feel uneasy with such arrangements,” Sharma said in a statement to Greater Kashmir.
He added, “We held exams for a few posts of drivers and other posts recently given the crises in the departments owing to the retirement of employees. But now, all the exams with a huge number of aspirants will be held after March 15.”
The decision to delay the exams has been widely appreciated by the candidates, who said it was a step in the right direction to ensure a level playing field for all aspirants.Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe us on Telegram and never miss a update!
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