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Transport Dept violates Motor Vehicles Act, sets degree as eligibility for MVI, SMVI posts
Aspirants smell rat believe something is fishy
1/10/2021 11:32:31 PM
Jehangir Rashid

SRINAGAR, Jan 10: Since Jammu & Kashmir has become a union territory the central laws need to be applied in Toto, but some of the administrators in the bureaucracy have their own style of working and they implement laws that were in vogue when Jammu & Kashmir was a state having special privileges under Article 370.
Same has happened with a recruitment notification issued by Services Selection Board (SSB) with regards to filling of 144 posts in the Transport Department. The SSB through advertisement notice 4 of 2020 dated 16-12-2020 advertised 144 posts in the Transport Department. These post were advertised vide indent number/reference of indent TR-09/SMG/2015 dated 29-09-2020 followed by TR-09/SMG/2015 dated 03-12-2020. The last date for submission of online applications has been fixed as 16-01-2021.
In the Transport Department two posts of Motor Vehicle Inspector (MVI) for union territory (UT) cadre, three posts of Motor Vehicle Traffic Assistant (MVTA) for UT cadre, seven posts of MVI for Kashmir division, four posts of Sub Motor Vehicle Inspector (SMVI) for Kashmir division, three posts of Assistant Motor Vehicle Inspector (AMVI) for Kashmir division, nine posts of MVTA for Kashmir division, 10 posts of MVI for Jammu division, four posts of SMVI for Jammu division, three posts of AMVI for Jammu division and six posts of MVTA for Jammu division were advertised along with some other posts in the department.
In total 1700 posts in different departments were advertised through this particular advertisement notice. The eligibility criteria as set out by the recruitment agency for the posts of MVI and SMVI states that the candidate should have a degree/three years diploma in automobile/mechanical engineering from a recognized university/institute. The candidate should have a valid driving license of motor cycle with gear and light motor vehicle.
The eligibility criteria of the candidate having a degree in automobile/mechanical engineering as set out is against the recruitment rules as set out by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India. At the central level a candidate applying for such posts should have a diploma in automobile/mechanical engineering and there is no mention of degree. “In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (4) of section 213 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 (59 of 1988), the Central Government hereby makes the following amendments in the notification of the Government of India in the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways published in the official Gazette vide number S.O. 443 (E), dated 12th June, 1989 namely:-
In the said notification, under the heading ‘Qualification’, for serial numbers 1 to 4 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall respectively, be substituted, namely:-
“(i) 10th standard pass from any recognized Board; and
(ii) a diploma in Automobile Engineering (three year course);
a diploma in Mechanical Engineering (three year course), awarded by an institution recognized by the Central Government or State Government; and
(iii) holding a driving license authorizing to drive motor cycle with gear and light motor vehicles.” reads the S.O. 1215 (E).
A group of applicants while sharing views with Early Times said that since Jammu & Kashmir is no more a state, the Motor Vehicles Act as set out by Ministry of Road Transport and Highways should be implemented in letter and spirit. This they said would give a chance for the diploma holders in automobile/mechanical branches of engineering to apply for the posts at full throttle.
It is not for the first time that eligibility criteria for such posts have come under criticism. In 2017 the SSB invited application for 20 posts of MVI in the transport department under Prime Minister’s package for Kashmiri Pandits. The qualification or eligibility criteria set out by SSB for these posts was that the candidate should have three years diploma in automobile engineering. The recruitment agency did not set out any more condition for the posts.
The same was in violation of SRO 263 issued by Transport department with regard to appointment of MVI. The SRO makes it clear that anybody who applies for the post of MVI should have a diploma/degree in automobile or mechanical engineering, should have one year workshop experience and must hold driving license to drive motor cycle with gear, heavy goods vehicle and heavy passenger motor vehicle. At that time Jammu & Kashmir was a state and governed by its own laws under Article 370.
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