‘Fake’ candidates walk away with govt jobs, no checks exist
In Jammu and Kashmir, where the number of unemployed youths has touched a staggering six lakh figure, candidates with “forged” documents continue to get jobs in government departments by “colluding with agents and some officials.”
Sources say nearly 20 per cent candidates of those selected allegedly managed to get government jobs on fake documents every year. Reason: There’s no check on those who resort to the malpractice.
Fingers are being pointed at the verification process conducted by government departments and recruiting agencies to check the authenticity of documents, including professional qualification certificates and other papers pertaining to the identity and antecedents.
A majority of the recruiting agencies in the state don’t have any mechanism to ascertain the genuineness of such candidates.
Sources pointed out there were several instances where selections of candidates, who submitted forged documents to get jobs, were revoked or cancelled in the recent past. The government, however, has failed to put in place a “foolproof mechanism” to bring fairness in the selection process.
“Either the government should bring some amendments in the legislation to initiate punitive action against the guilty so that it serves as a deterrent,” says Balwinder Singh, convener of Sangarsh RTI Movement, a state-level body of activists.