By Poviet Kaur
Srinagar 23rd June: Intending to ensure that “unscrupulous” elements do not get into government jobs, the J&K administration has amended the Civil Services (Verification of Character and Antecedents) rules, making it mandatory for those entering the services to provide educational details from the age of 15 years, mobile numbers used in last five years, information about in-laws and details of loans taken.
The General Administration Department (GAD) of the UT has made the amendment and an order was issued on late Monday evening. It stated that the decision was taken after a panel, set up under the chief secretary last year, recommended proper character and antecedent verification by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
The candidates, besides being asked to provide information about themselves, their family members, including in-laws, will have to provide information about the mobile numbers used during the last five years, the registration number of vehicles owned or used, email and social media or web-based portal accounts, in addition to bank and post office account numbers. Among other details are candidates as well as their spouses data, purpose and hosts of foreign visits in the last five years and membership or association, if any, with prescribed or banned organisations, details of membership of club or society or association or trust or charity and similar bodies.
“The appointing authorities, on the receipt of attestation forms from the candidates, shall forward these forms with a covering
letter (sealed and marked secret) to the CID Headquarters for verification of the character and antecedents of the selectees,” the order stated.
“The CID shall conduct verification of character and antecedents of the selectees and forward the same to the requisitioning authority within one month. In case the process in respect of some candidates requires more time, the CID may seek another one month,” it said, while further clarifying that the entire time period in the verification process should not be more than two months under any circumstances.
The order read, “In case of receipt of an adverse report and on confirmation thereof by the state/divisional/district-level screening committee, as the case may be, the appointment shall automatically stand cancelled without any notice.”
The government warned that the furnishing of false information or suppression of any factual information in the attestation form would entail disqualification, and is likely to render the candidate unfit for employment under the government.