J&K Cancels Financial Accounts Assistant, Hiring Junior Engineer, Orders CBI Probe

The J&K administration on Sunday canceled the recruitment process for Financial Account Assistants (FAAs) and Junior Engineers (Civil) and recommended a CBI investigation into the matter.

“JKSSB FAA and JE Civil recruitment has been canceled and a CBI investigation has been recommended in the selection process,” J&K’s Public Relations and Information Department announced on its Twitter account on Sunday evening. “The government assures all aspirants that the culprits will not be spared and that there will be no compromise on merit. A new recruitment process for the FAA and JE Civil will begin soon.

The Jammu and Kashmir State Services Recruitment Board (JKSSB) had started the selection process for candidates to fill 1,200 vacancies of Police Sub-Inspectors, 972 vacancies of FAA and 163 JE (Civil ), who had been referred to him by the UT administration. These were some of the major recruitment drives that were coming to an end last year.

Significantly, the UT administration last July canceled the selection process for police sub-inspectors and recommended a CBI investigation into the selection process.

“The recruitment of Sub-Inspector JKP has been canceled and a CBI investigation has been recommended in the selection process. The culprits will soon be brought to justice,” Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said. “This is a big first step towards securing the future of our young people and the government will soon decide how to proceed with new recruitment.”

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This followed recommendations made by a three-member committee headed by Home Additional Chief Secretary RK Goyal, which was set up by Sinha to look into allegations of wrongdoing.

Earlier this month, the CBI conducted searches in various parts as part of its investigations into the case related to the selection of sub-inspectors. He had booked 33 people, including a BSF officer, son of a BJP leader, a serving ASI and former JKSSB officials for alleged misconduct during the recruitment review.