JAMMU: The delayed release of teachers’ selection list for Jammu region by the Service Selection Board (SSB) saw protest on Wednesday outside the board office here.
The protestors, who had assembled outside the office of SSB Jammu, raised slogans against the State Government as well as the higher authorities of the SSB and sought early release of the selection list.
The protestors had a scuffle with the SSB authorities as the chairperson objected to use of Dogri language by the students. The students who were raising slogans and making their demands in Dogri language were rebuked by SSB officers with the chairperson of the Board warning and issuing threats to the students to desist from raising issues in Dogri.
This infuriated the students who locked the officers and other official in SSB office who were let off only after the police was summoned who intervened and resolved the matter.
Addressing the students on the occasion, Thakur Virender Singh, President NPSU lambasted the State Government and SSB authorities for them utter neglect and discrimination meted out to Jammu region in the matter of various selections including those of teachers.
He said that every select list issued by SSB gives unwarranted and undue weightage to Kashmir region at the coast of Jammu region.
He said that majority of selected candidates in every selection list belong to Kashmir and undue preference is given to that region at the cost of merit.
He regretted that Jammu’s share is hardly 25% to 30% in all selections made by SSB.
Virender particularly flayed the SSB for its inordinate and unreasonable delay in releasing the selection list of teachers whose interview were conducted in 2013.
He said that whereas the selection lists of all Districts of Kashmir for the posts of teachers were released in 2013 itself the select list of teachers of Jammu Division were withheld for reasons best known for SSB.
Seeking early release of the said lists, he warned to intensify the agitation of students and the youth in various districts.
The chairperson SSB later held a meeting with the students and assured them that the issue would soon be settled and mater would be vigorously followed in High Court so as to ensure vacation of interim directions if any, with respect to such selections so that early release of select lists was ensured.
Others present were Rishi Badyal, Lovely Singh, Amit Charak, Shubam Singh, Shubam Jasrotia, Asha Rani, Sahil Sharma, Suresh Sharma, Sumit Singh, Bhupinder Singh and Kanu Sharma.