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Headache for JKPSC as Leadership Vacancy Stalls Operations

The Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) finds itself in a bureaucratic quagmire, grappling with a slowdown in its activities due to the absence of a new Chairman following the retirement of the previous officeholder last month. This leadership vacuum has resulted in a temporary halt to interviews, a logjam in the progress of selection lists, and the deferral of exams slated after November 21st.

The ripples of this administrative vacuum are evident in the recruitment process, particularly impacting approximately 200 recently chosen Assistant Professors in the Higher Education and Health and Medical Education departments. The selection lists for these candidates have hit a roadblock, eliciting frustration among those eagerly awaiting further developments.

Expressing dismay, an aspiring Assistant Professor in Environmental Science remarked, “It’s been over a month since my selection, and there’s been no headway.” Similar sentiments reverberated from an Assistant Professor at Government Medical College in Srinagar, underscoring the stark contrast between the streamlined processes during the former chairman’s tenure and the current atmosphere of uncertainty post his retirement.

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In response to the mounting challenges faced by the JKPSC, candidates are now calling for the intervention of Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha to fast-track the appointment of a new Chairman and other members, thus rejuvenating the agency’s functionality.

Complicating matters is the shortage of members, with only two out of the six currently in place. An official emphasized that having a full complement of members would augment the overall efficiency of the agency, enabling a more effective delegation of responsibilities across different sections.

Addressing concerns, Secretary of the Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission, Bashir Ahmad, reassured that routine work is proceeding smoothly, with only interviews and examinations experiencing delays. Regarding the deferred list of Assistant Professors, he stated, “We are dispatching the list to concerned departments in a day or two.” Clarifying concerns about member availability, he underscored that the current number is adaptable and does not significantly impede the Commission’s day-to-day operations.

Zehr Un Nisa

Zehr Un Nisa is a content writer with 4+ years of experience in the education and career domains. She is a graduate in Political Science from Delhi University and has previously worked with Jagran Josh and JKYouth.com. She can be reached at Zehrunnisa4@gmail.com & zehrunnisa@jkyouth.in.
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