No electronic gadgets to be allowed, independent observers to be deployed during JKSSB Exam: Div Com


Jammu: As a burnt child dreads the fire, the J&K administration doesn’t want to leave any loophole during forthcoming written examination to be conducted by J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) for various posts especially cancellation of three exams conducted by the board in recent past.
Pertinently amid continuous protests by aspirants alleging irregularities, the Jammu and Kashmir government on August 28 cancelled selection process of two more recruitments by Service Selection Board (SSB) and ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe for selection of financial account assistants (FAA) and junior engineers(JE) over allegations of irregularities after cancellation of JKPSI Exams and handing over probe to CBI on July 8.
On November 12, the CBI has filed chargesheet against 24 accused including then Commandant of BSF; then ASI, Constables of J&K Police; then officials of CRPF; teacher & other persons in a case related to J&K Police Sub Inspectors (JKPSI) Recruitment Scam.
Today, the Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar convened a high level meeting to review the preparations for forthcoming written examination to be conducted by J&K Services Selection Board (JKSSB) for various posts.
Chairman JKSSB, Rajesh Sharma; Additional Commissioner, Pankaj Katoch; SSP Jammu, Chandan Kohli; Joint Director Information, Sapna Kotwal; Secretary JKSSB, Sachin Jamwal; Deputy Director Planning, Munish Dutta and other concerned officers attended the meeting in person while Deputy Commissioners Samba & Kathua and SSPs of Kathua, Samba, Jammu and Udhampur participated in the meeting through video conferencing.
The meeting discussed measures to be taken at different levels to ensure fair and smooth conduct of the exams.
Maintaining that the credibility of centers was the vital factor in ensuring conduct of fair and transparent examinations, the Div Com directed the concerned Deputy Commissioners and SSPs to thoroughly scrutinize the conduct and past history of the identified centre well before the start of examinations.
He also asked the DCs and SSPs to inform JKSSB about the adverse report against the identified centres, if any. He stressed on putting in all possible measures for foolproof security, maintenance of law and order, provision of logistic support for successful conduct of examinations. The SSPs were directed to deploy an adequate number of men and women police personnel for frisking and other arrangements at various centres.
The Div Com also directed DCs concerned to make available proper arrangements of uninterrupted power supply, water supply and other amenities in the examination centres.
He stressed that no electronic gadgets be allowed in the examination halls. He asked the KSSB to issue instructions for the information of candidates and also ensure wide publicity of these instructions. The Div Com directed DCs to nominate observers/magistrates besides computer expert observers for each centre after checking the credentials.
While giving details of the forthcoming exams, the Chairman JKSSB informed that the Board has initiated the process for conducting written examination for selection against different posts through Computer Based Test (CBT) from November 29..
“For the purpose dedicated centres have been identified in 4 districts of Jammu Division i.e Jammu, Udhampur, Kathua & Samba,” he informed.
It was further informed that the test for Horticulture Technician Grade IV and Junior Stenographer have been scheduled from November 29, while the exam for Junior Engineer Civil (Jal Shakti Department) Exam would be conducted from December 5 to December 6 and the examinations for the post of Sub Inspector (Home Department) is scheduled to be held from December 7 to Dec 20.
Giving details of steps taken, the meeting was informed that the Board has resorted to Third Party Audit of Computer Centres and installation of jammers in the exam centres for free and fair conduct of the test(s).

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