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Ink feeders at Ranbir Govt Press: Aspirants rue delay in filling up of posts
JAMMU, Aug 12: The candidates, who had applied for the post of Ink feeders at Ranbir Government Press Ambphalla, have appealed for the filling up of the vacant posts in spirit with the High Court order ruling out any departure from the eligibility criteria prescribed under Recruitment Rules of 1980.

A candidate said that he along with others had applied for the post, but till date there was no response. “We had also done an apprenticeship course from the ITI, because of which we could apply for the post. We, however, were surprised when the department advertised once again some six months back, whereby many youth applied once again and the number of application forms crossed the mark of 1000. In the process, many unsuitable candidates also joined the fray who didn’t have a suitable qualification,” he said.

Upset by the happenings, many candidates moved to the High Court challenging advertisement notice and seeking justice. The HC order allowed their writ petition and quashed the Communication No 42-SP/2005-II dated June 1, 2010 and the Advertisement Notice No 01 of 2010 dated June 28, 2010. But, due to some unexplainable reasons, the organization (Ranbir Government Press) isn’t proceeding ahead with the implementation of the order. The candidates, while talking to `Kashmir Times’, appealed to the state government to honour the decision of the court in this matter, so that the process of appointments could be completed.

They also said that many candidates owing to delay in the appointment process were crossing the age limit as set up by the government, because of which the latter should quicken up the pace for appointments. They also appealed the Minister of State for Co-operatives Manohar Lal to intervene in the matter so that justice could be done to the candidates.

Earlier, an explanatory notice sent by the General Manager, Ranbir Government Press, Jammu to the High Court Judge, Hasnain Masoodi said that the challenge to the advertisement Notice no. 01 of 2009 dated 16th December, 2009 was illegal. The advertisement notice was challenged on the ground that it was in conflict with the J&K Press (Sub-ordinate) Service Rules, 1980 framed by the Constitution of J&K.

In a case set up by the respondents - in this case G M Ranbir Government Press - in opposition to the writ petition, the former said that previous advertisement notice didn’t find an adequate response adding that no ground whatsoever including one that the change in criteria had been prescribed by the General Manager could entitle the petitioners to question the advertisement notice.

GM’s explanatory also said that the qualification prescribed for direct recruitment to the post of “Ink feeder” in the recruitment rules of 1980 is “Matric with apprenticeship in Press of repute” whereas in the advertisement notice no. 01 of 2010 impugned in the petition, the criteria laid is “Matric and 10+2 with two years experience in a press of repute” rules.

GM Ranbir Press, when contacted by KTNS on the question of concern of candidates about to cross their age limit very soon, explained, “The case is presently in the law department. Moreover, the final decision will be taken by the government. Meanwhile, we have sent the proposal to our administration department for legal guidance. We are aware that the candidates are about to cross the age limit as decided by the government and as such there is a high possibility of our law department relaxing the age limit in favour of the candidates.”

He further informed that the case was pending in the Secretariat for the past one year. According to him, they had to follow the directions from the administrative department and a fresh advertisement would be issued in case of an approval, which would be according to the High Court order. Approximately, it will take from one to one and a half months for the order to materialise.

News Updated at : Monday, August 13, 2012
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