The recent decision of the UT government to re-advertise Rehbar-e-Janglat, Rehbar-e-Zirat and Rehbar-e-Khel posts through Service Selection Board with “additional weightage and age relaxation” to be given to those engaged on these posts has drawn severe criticism from the aggrieved candidates and from political parties alike.
The decision to refer the posts to the Service Selection Board afresh has impacted hundreds of those who were working on these posts under aforementioned schemes for years. They will be rendered jobless if the decision is not revoked.
Political parties, aggrieved candidates and civil society groups have urged the LG administration to roll back the decision of re-advertising the posts already filled under the above-mentioned schemes.
The decision to re-advertise the already filled posts cannot be justified, particularly if the exercise has been transparent and clean. The Rehbar-e-Janglat, Rehbar-e-Zirat and Rehbar-e-Khel were launched by the previous regimes for absorbing the unemployed technically qualified candidates in their respective fields. As there were no allegations of favoritism or corruption in the absorption of these candidates. they have been working against the said posts for years now. It seems unwarranted to refer the posts to the Service Selection Board afresh, leaving these poor candidates jobless.
The public outcry in this regard is legitimate. The LG administration must revisit its decision of re-advertising these posts. It would be appropriate to roll back the decision and reassure the aggrieved candidates of safeguarding their interests. Let the government focus on creating more job opportunities for the huge army of unemployed youth rather than disengaging those who have been appointed through a legitimate process.