Outrage over hiring of APTECH by J&K Services Selection Board

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Srinagar: The engagement of APTECH by the Services Selection Board (SSB) for conducting computer-based job tests in Jammu & Kashmir has come under severe criticism in Jammu & Kashmir.

Claiming that the firm has been blacklisted in several States, the job aspirants, civil society actors, and politicians are up in arms over the SSB’s move to hire an APTECH firm for conducting computer-based job tests in Jammu and Kashmir.

As per Kashmir News Observer (KNO), social media platforms were flooded with angry reactions over the engagement of the APTECH by the SSB for conducting computer-based job tests in Jammu & Kashmir.

The hashtag#Aptech blacklisted is trending on Twitter, with netizens appealing J&K administration to scrap the contract with the firm to save the future of the youth of J&K.

“Students of J&K are crying due to the mess created by JKSSB. What hardworking students will get when the blacklisted company will conduct exams. Aptech is scam & JKSSB is destroying the careers of youth. This company should be banned forever. #JKSSB #Aptech,” social media influencer and aspiring politician Guftar Choudhary tweeted.

Lawyer and former Congress spokesman Deepika Puskhar Nath said that hiring of APTECH firm is a sheer fraud with job aspirants.

“Hiring dubious #Aptech exam conducting agency for the state level recruitment is a sheer fraud with the aspirants. #AptechBlacklisted tampered with Central level exams and one can imagine the susceptibility of #JKSSB exams. Restore Merit system, save meritorious youth of J&K,” she wrote on Twitter. Political leaders also assailed the move of hiring APTECH. 

“I have received a lot of emails and messages about Aptech which has been blacklisted in other states. Given the shoddy track record of the past, SSRB better tread with caution. Students need to be heard. You can’t trust a blacklisted company on our future,” PC chief Sajad Gani Lone tweeted.

National Conference chief spokesperson Imran Nabi Dar also lambasted the administration over awarding the contract to the blacklisted firm, saying it is a move to “destroy” the careers of local youth. “JKSSB is the enfant terrible of the incumbent J&K administration. The board in spite of addressing the genuine concerns and fear of the educated, skilled local youth seems hell-bent to destroy their future by continuously persisting with a blacklisted company,” Dar said.

The J&K congress unit on its official Twitter handle said that it stands with aspirants who are suffering due to the illegitimate alliance of Aptech + JKSSB + corrupt officials + BJP leaders.

Chief Spokesperson of Democratic Azad Party (DAP) Salman Nizami termed the awarding of the contract to Aptech Limited a “deep-rooted conspiracy”. “Awarding a contract to blacklisted Aptech by JKSSB seems a deep-rooted conspiracy to spoil the future of J&K’s youth. The contract should be withdrawn immediately and in future never to engage with such companies,” Nizami said.

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