Job rackets

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 10/7/2020 11:13:19 AM IST

 There have been several job scams in Assam with the most recent being the leakage of question paper for recruitment of 597 posts of Sub Inspectors of Assam Police. Around 66,000 candidates had appeared for the written tests in 154 centres spread over all the districts of Assam. A person reportedly received the question paper in his WhatsApp which was later detected by the Police. A special court in Guwahati had earlier sent the 19 people, including the daughter of BJP MP RP Sharma to custody. The alleged kingpin and former DIG Assam Police P.K.Dutta was detained at the Indo-Nepal border while trying to flee. Among 14 l arrested included those from Assam Police Service (AP S), Assam Civil Service (ACS) and allied services posted in various districts. In the recent Police recruitment scam a senior BJP leader Diban Deka (43), who had unsuccessfully contested as a BJP candidate from the Barkhetri assembly seat in Assam’s Nalbari district in 2011 was also arrested. Assam has had several other major recruitment scams and interestingly, the BJP which rose to prominence in the 2016 assembly elections, following the landslide victory of the party in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, has also been accused of involvement. In a job scam in March 2019 in the Panchayat & Rural development, 900 posts were filled up in various categories and 64 posts of the Information & Public Relation. According to a prominent Assamese daily, 60 to 65 percent of the jobs were filled up with BJP party members. Earlier in 2017 the chairman of the AP SC including several other officials were arrested for involvement in a multi-crore job scam. Another recent major appointment scam took place in the Bodoland Tribal Council. This was exposed in August 2020 when an RTI activist disclosed to media that over 180 persons were illegally appointed without any circular or interviews in various departments like Cooperative, Soil conservation, health, transport etc. Job scams in Assam are no longer rare but have taken place due to connivance with officials responsible for recruitments. What appears clear is that government jobs are on sale for the right price for those who can afford and are willing to pay. This is the trend in almost every aspect of government recruitment. If not money then it is nepotism or political appointments. The scams take place whether in a big or small way, depending upon how many are involved. There have also been numerous recruitment scams in Nagaland during the past decades. The most common form in Nagaland is called “backdoor appointment”, where many get jobs either without passing the tests or simply walking in without going through the process. All these happen when political bigwigs are involved. The officials conducting such frauds also get their “share” and so go along. This leads to a situation where recruitment tests have been reduced to mockery. Another scam that was unearthed during 2010 was the infamous bogus appointments of thousands of teachers. This was perhaps among the biggest job scams where some were appointed without certification of documents or having dual appointments at different places with slight modification of names etc. Unlike in Assam, those officials involved have not been taken to task.

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