After facing the heat over the recent controversial selection list of candidates at Khadi Village an Industries Board (KVIB) the Jammu and Kashmir government has asked the Board to make the merit list public.
The KVIB appointing a son of a senior PDP leader at a top position had created furore across Kashmir. Following which the politician’s son tendered his resignation and refused to join. But the controversy has not died down. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has already ordered a probe to look into the allegations and the private recruitment agency has been asked to make the OMR sheets public.
According to media reports a dropped candidate Iftikhar Ashraf had filed a Right to Information (RTI) query on December 13, 2017, seeking scanned copies of answer key and OMR sheets of all the shortlisted candidates. However, till date, the KVIB has not responded to his query.
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party has always maintained that it stands for the transparency and there is no room for corruption and nepotism. Appointment of a son of a top PDP leader has put a question mark over the credibility of the party. Its clean image has taken a hit. Despite PDP leaders going into damage control mode the outrage has not fizzled out.
This issue has already become a bone of contention between the leaders of the ruling party and the Opposition National Conference, which is blaming the PDP of having different set of rules for the common candidates and the influential persons.
This recruitment controversy is the first of it’s kind since the day PDP and BJP have joined hands in the state to form the government.