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SRINAGAR — Hundreds of Jammu and Kashmir Bank employees and job aspirants staged a protest outside the head office of the Bank, protesting against the cancellation of recruitment notice of 2018.

The protesting employees and aspirants, falling under the recruitment notice, will be affected by the cancellation of the said recruitment notice. The posts advertised were in thousands, which include 250 Probationary Officers and more than 1200 Banking Associate aspirants.

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The candidates were waiting announcement of the selection list, after appearing in two sets of examinations for the post of Banking Associate.

The protestors raised slogans against the cancellation order and said that their future has been plunged into darkness, with a single stroke of the pen.

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They also alleged that the Bank management is playing with their future when unemployment is at all-time high in Jammu and Kashmir.

They said, “On one side, the government is claiming to create job opportunities after giving Jammu and Kashmir a Union Territory status and on the other, all the avenues of employment are being choked.”

“Irony is that even the future of those who are already employed and those who were living in a hope to get employed have been subjected to shock, by playing with their future,” they added.

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Pertinently, the recruitment process before the fall of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led coalition has drawn flak on many accounts, including the serious allegation of corruption and nepotism.

The policy had also drawn opposition from the aspirants from the Jammu division, who raised their protest against the cut-off fixation for their qualifying bank exams in comparison to aspirants for Kashmir and Ladakh, which they alleged was discrimination against the job-aspiring youth of the division.

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