Job in J-K? Fake it and make it
‘Fake’ candidates walk away with govt jobs, no checks exist
TRIBUNE, Page 1, May-14-2012Jammu, May 13
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.
Substantiating his claims, Balwinder disclosed that he had recently filed an RTI query to ascertain the genuineness of two Junior Engineers in the Public Works Department after he was approached by a complainant, who alleged that the selected JEs had got the jobs on forged papers.
“In its reply, Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) - the recruiting agency - admitted that it doesn’t have any mechanism to ascertain genuineness of the candidates. The selected JEs had submitted forged marksheets. A check with J&K State Board of Technical Education revealed the truth,” claimed Singh.
He said that these cases were just a “tip of the iceberg.” “No coordination between recruiting agencies and government departments is only adding to the woes,” he said.
Mahesh Koul, a scholar at Jammu University said, “It is not very difficult to make out between original and fake documents. The growing number of such cases reflects the lethargy and negligence on the part of screening authorities. Also, the nexus between officials and agents needs to be exposed.”