Srinagar: Union Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai recently informed the Rajya Sabha after 2019, a large-scale recruitment drive has been carried out and the Government of J&K has filled 29,295 vacancies.
According to the officials, the recruitment process in J&K during the past four years has been carried out in a completely transparent manner and selections have been based on merit. “All possible efforts have been put in to streamline the recruitment process and provide equal opportunities to deserving candidates across the region,” an official told Precious Kashmir.
“Series of reforms have been implemented to transform the recruitment system, making it transparent and vibrant while emphasizing merit. Longstanding issues of nepotism and favoritism, which had often hindered deserving candidates from securing jobs in public offices, have been addressed,” he added.
Pertinently, to recalibrate the recruitment process, the government introduced several measures, including the establishment of a centralized online portal. The portal served as a one-stop platform for all recruitment-related activities, providing applicants with a seamless and user-friendly experience.
“By moving the entire process online, the government not only eliminated the potential for corruption but also ensured fair access to opportunities for applicants from remote areas and marginalized sections of society. Furthermore, the government implemented through measures to enhance transparency in the selection process. Vacancies were advertised well in advance, giving applicants ample time to apply and prepare for exams or interviews. Moreover, the selection criteria were made available to the public, ensuring that candidates were aware of the qualifications and experience required for each position,” an official said.
He said, “To guarantee merit-based selections, objective and standardized assessment methods were introduced. Multiple levels of evaluations, including written tests, interviews, and physical exams, were conducted to assess candidates’ suitability for specific positions. The use of modern technology and experienced evaluators ensured a fair and unbiased assessment, providing equal opportunities for all applicants.”
Notably, during the past few years the J&K government has also focused on building a skilled workforce by organizing job fairs and career counseling sessions. These initiatives, according to the officials, are aimed to guide and motivate job seekers, including fresh graduates, to explore various career paths within the government sector.
Furthermore, the government has collaborated with educational institutions and vocational training centers to align the academic curriculum with the skills required for government positions, the officials added.
“In addition to these measures, the government has made consistent efforts to promote women’s participation in the recruitment process. Recognizing the importance of gender diversity, many reservation policies have been implemented for female candidates. As a result, an increasing number of women have been appointed to various government positions, diversifying the workforce and empowering women in the region,” the officials said.