JKSSB Candidates Raise Concerns: Controversy Arises as Blacklisted Company Conducts Exams in Kashmir

Social media users in Kashmir are expressing their anger on various social media platforms, including Twitter, over the selection of APTECH company by the LG-led administration to conduct the Jammu Kashmir Services Selection Board (JKSSB) exams.

APTECH has been penalized by the supreme court and is on the blocklists of various states, including Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan.

The Mumbai-based company was also given a contract in 2020 to conduct recruitment exams for 643 posts under the irrigation department, but it conducted exams for only 397 posts in the first phase with large-scale anomalies in February 2020.

Following this, the Gauhati High Court stayed the declaration of results of the examinations to select section assistants for the Assam irrigation department.

The Jammu Kashmir administration has canceled four recruitment exams for police sub-inspectors in the home department, Junior Legal assistant, financial accounts assistant in the finance department, and junior engineers in the Jal Shakti department following gross irregularities.

Blacklisted Company Conducts Exams in Kashmir

Exams conducted by the J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) through the blacklisted company Aptech Limited for positions as a civil engineer and SI’s were cancelled by the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in December 2022.

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The court mandated that the government form a high-level committee to look into JKSSB’s actions regarding its “blatant” irregularities and violations of the law in altering the tender’s terms and conditions. The court also questioned the awarding of the contract to APTECH.

Several political parties have expressed their anguish over the selection of a blacklisted company to conduct the exams in Jammu Kashmir.

Many aspirants alleged that the LG management and JKSSB were not serious about the future of the youth, and there was a “major scam” at work.

This incident has drawn widespread criticism and anger in Kashmir. Many candidates throughout Jammu Kashmir are urging that the Aptech company, which has been entrusted with administering the JKSSB exam, be prohibited because the company is blacklisted in various states.

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