Job Scams and Cash Cows

Published at 03/09/2013 22:30:43 0 Comment(s)
Job Scams and Cash Cows

The state of Jammu and Kashmir is fast catching with the other states of India in number and intensity of job scams. The recently surfaced scam in the appointment and remuneration of teachers under the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) scheme is just a little whiff of the stench bag. Innumerable scams of big, medium and small levels depending on the embezzlements they involve surface every now and then. There seems to be nothing new or extraordinary about the news of these misappropriations, nepotism, and/or fleecing of masses. However, what is (or must be) perplexing about the KGBV scam is that there was a general awareness about what is going wrong – recruitment of teachers on the pattern and design of Rehbar-e-Taleem (RET), when the engagement had to be of a different order altogether. And while everyone knew what wrong was being committed, they decided to push the matter under the carpet for it was to benefit them directly or indirectly. There is no doubt that some candidates as well as the recruiters deliberately planned to exploit a scheme to make it the proverbial ‘cash cow’. It is no less than a crime that the state exchequer is being looked upto now for ‘deciding’ the matter and ‘regularize’ the illegally processed payment process. As per the Union Government dictate, the state government has to either “manage the salaries of these teachers from the state exchequer or to show them exit door.” Tragically, once again the culprits of this scam will go faceless and nameless and those at the receiving end, the teachers who worked for Rs. 1500 a month when they were entitled to Rs. 6000, will lose even the meager income they had looked upto. And those whose accounts and kitty of crimes only swells every day will be at the most ‘attached’ to some other ‘cash cow’ scheme. As the GoI keeps on announcing a scheme after scheme and claiming that it is benefitting this and that many youth and children have been ‘empowered’ either with scholarships or skills leading to employment, a serious introspection needs to done on part of those who are supposed to be the beneficiaries. Udaan, minority scholarships, old-age pension and other such schemes end up with bringing nothing more than disappointment. People need to wake up to either participate as aware, informed and empowered individuals in these or reject any advances of being taken for a ride. Media needs to be supported and encouraged for bringing up such issues, rather than garnering pressure to silence the hisses that announce the cacophony in the affairs that concern people. As long as under the carpet remains the place for mass conscience and mass action, welfare of people will remain a far-fetched goal.  

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