SRINAGAR — No person can get a government job in Jammu and Kashmir from now on without a satisfactory report on their character and antecedents from the Crime Investigation Department (CID), The Indian Express reported.
This follows an amendment by the Union Territory administration in the Instruction 2 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Verification of Character and Antecedents) Instructions, 1997, on Monday.
Aspirants will also be required to disclose whether any family member or close relative is associated with any political party or organisation, or has participated in any political activity, or has had links with a foreign mission or organisation, or any prescribed/ prohibited/ banned organisation such as the Jamaat-e-Islami.
The amendment follows the UT administration’s recent dismissal from service of three government officials, including an assistant professor, over alleged anti-State activities — the first such action after a committee was formed last month to look into allegations of anti-State activities against government employees.
As per the fresh amendment, in case of in-service employees requiring re-verification from the CID, details of one’s postings and promotions since the date of appointment would have to be furnished. Besides details of jobs of one’s parents, spouse, children and step children, besides parents-in-law, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. And if they have been involved in any political activity, or with any such organisations as mentioned above.
Under the new rules, the appointing authorities will forward attestation forms received from candidates in a cover (sealed and marked secret) directly to the CID Headquarters. “The CID shall conduct the verification of the character and antecedents of the selectees and forward the same to the requisitioning authority within one month from the date of receipt of the list of selectees,” reads a government order issued by the General Administration Department.
In case the verification process in respect of some candidates requires more time, the CID may seek another one month in respect of such candidates only while forwarding the completed cases. However, the entire time period in the verification process should not be more than two months under any circumstances, the order said.
In case of receipt of an adverse report, to be confirmed by a State/Divisional/District Level Screening Committee, as may be the case, the appointment shall automatically stand cancelled without any notice, the order adds.
In the attestation form, a candidate would be required to give details of particulars, including name and if there has been any change; educational qualification including institutions one has studied in since the age of 15; the current address; the address at the original native place if the family has migrated to J&K after January 1, 1990; details of mobile numbers used during the past five years; accounts of email and social media accounts used; registration numbers of vehicles owned/used; account numbers of bank/post office; and passport number.
The form also seeks details of any legal proceedings against/prosecution of any family member or close relative, and whether any of them has been a prisoner of war or held in an enemy country for any duration.
It seeks details of places (with period of stay) where the employee has resided for more than one year at a stretch in the preceding five years and in case of stay abroad, particulars of all places where he/she has resided for more than one year after attaining the age of 18 years.
Apart from one’s own and spouse’s foreign visits during the past five years, it seeks the details of personal contact of the employee with officials of foreign countries, details of children studying, living or working abroad, details of family members working in foreign missions or in foreign organisations, including foreign concerns in India and abroad.