After a long hiatus the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board conducted a written test for recruitment for graduation level posts but the complaints of mass copying, and complete mess at certain centres is shocking. Although the state government has directed the Chief Secretary to look into the complaints, and decide about the fate of the exam but it would be prudent if action is taken against JKSSB officials who let this happen. A premier recruitment agency of the state can’t allows things to fall to such levels as careers and expectations of lakhs of youth are at stake.
The Chief Secretary will look into complaints of mass copying both in Jammu and Srinagar, and send a detailed report to the government on the basis of which the fate of the exam will be decided. However, what the government must also do is to take serious action against officials who failed to conduct the exam in a proper manner. All lacunae in the conduct of the exam, loopholes in the system, and other such issues should be considered so that a repeat of this does not happen in future.
JKSSB officials are going to hold a meeting on Monday to discuss the problems which arose during the exam. It could either cancel the examination where mass copying was reported or order re-examination depending upon the seriousness of the problem. A number of complaints of cheating, mismanagement, and mass copying were reported from different parts of the city which have now forced the government to take evasive action.
J&K government, and JKSSB would do well to understand that playing with careers of youth is fraught with dangers, and they should conduct the recruitment process with all seriousness else there are chances that the angry, and misguided youth might launch an agitation or prefer to get motivated towards subversion which is inimical to the society, and the nation. It is high time the government, and its agencies stop playing with fire.