1300 job recruitment cases pending in Courts as aggrieved parties pile up “stay orders”

Governor asks SSB, PSC to respond promptly in the courts

Srinagar: There are around 1300 jobs recruitment cases, mostly filed by the aggrieved candidates, lying in the state courts.

The aggrieved students have filed course cases and subsequently acquired ‘stay orders’ thus stalled the recruitment processes pertaining to jobs advertised by the Public Service Commission (PSC) and Service Selection Board (SSB).

According to the government, while around 800 cases are pending in various courts pertaining to SSB, there are another 500 cases pertaining to JKPSC.

State Governor N. N. Vohra has taken a strong note of the delaying in the recruitment process. He directed the recruiting agencies to promptly respond to every case in which there are “Stay Orders” from competent courts and ensure that the prolonged pendency of such cases does not result in delaying the recruitment processes.

While chairing separate meetings at Civil Secretariat to review the status of vacancies and progress of recruitment in Health and Medical Education and School Education Departments, Governor said “the concerned Departments, in coordination with the recruiting agencies and the Law Department/ Advocate General should ensure filing of time-bound replies in the concerned Courts to ensure against any avoidable delay in recruitments,”.

He instructed the officials including Chief Secretary to designate officers who shall be responsible for ensuring constant review to ensure that replies are timely filed in the courts.

Vohra also directed prompt action to deal with the grievances of those who have gone to the courts and ensure that litigations are reduced to the very minimum.

“Instead of getting entangled in litigations, efforts should be made to resolve the grievances/complaints from within the Departmental redressal systems,” he observed and added that the onus also lies on Law Officers who need to guide the Government as well as the concerned Departments about the merits of the  claims raised by the employees who seek legal redress.

Governor issued instructions that in all cases where appeals have to be filed by the concerned departments, the concerned Administrative Secretaries shall ensure that such action is taken well within the stipulated time-frame.

Vohra directed Heads of Department to regularly monitor the progress of court cases and take appropriate measures to address every pending court case.

Earlier, Chairman JKPSC and Chairman SSB briefed Governor in detail about the important court cases and their current status.

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