Make recruitment transparent, PDP chief to J

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Srinagar, Mar 17 (UNI) Welcoming the Jammu and Kashmir government's decision to accelerate the process of recruitment through a fast- track mechanism, People's Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mehbooba Mufti today said the process should be transparent.

She cautioned that there should be no compromise on the established procedure and institutions.

Addressing a public meeting at Kupwara, she said while speeding up the recruitment process was imperative, it should not, however, be achieved at the cost of merit and fairness or dilution of established procedure and institutions.

She said utmost care had to be taken as the recruitment procedure did not provide reasons for suspicion or allegations that could dent the anti-corruption drive launched by the government or seem to compromise its credibility.

''While implementing the proposed employment package, it would be very important that the government sticks to highest standards of fairness and transparency,'' the PDP president said and added that the politicisation of the recruitments, prior to the establishment of the coalition government in 2002, proved highly counter- productive for the society.

She said with no transparent and fair recruitment system in place, government jobs had, prior to 2002, become a commodity available either against a price or for reasons other than merit.

Ms Mufti said the state government could have genuine satisfaction over the fact that, immediately after 2002, it streamlined the recruitment procedure to a great extent.

However, she said though the desired speed was still to be achieved but by and large the selection process at all the levels of recruitment had been fair, transparent and judicious.

Even the contractual appointments were made through a very fair system which was based exclusively on merit, she said, adding the selection to Rehbar-i-Taleem posts was a path-breaking experiment which infused a hitherto unknown credibility in the government system.

Ms Mufti said starting with the engagement of the Anganwari workers, a proper system, at the district level, preferably supervised by concerned District Development Commissioners, must be put in place so that the deserving and meritorious aspirants get justice.

She said the people had now become extremely conscious and any move to dilute the set procedures in recruitments could have colossal negative fallout.

''We must be extremely cautious as the State is trying to come out of the most difficult times and any wrong move hurting the youth at this crucial juncture could through us back into an undesirable situation,'' she said and added that whether the government would be making 70,000 or seven recruitments, it should be strictly as per merit.

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