Recruitment scandals in India; top echelons involved

Recruitment industry often falls prey to fraud and scandals. The race to get a government job among aspirants has made it more vulnerable with slew of recruitment scandals hitting headlines almost every day in the country. Such scandals have become an easy route of making money which have many big shots – bureaucrats to ministers –  involved in it.

 Army Recruitment Scandal

Last month, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against as many as 40 persons alleging irregularities in the appointment of 34 ineligible candidates in the Indian Army during a recruitment drive by its Headquarter Recruitment Office here in Uttar Pradesh in 2016-17.

In the FIR, it is mentioned that forged documents were used during the recruitment process of soldiers for technical, general, sentry, clerical and medical duty.

Jal Nigam Recruitment Scandal

In April, an FIR related to fraud and irregularities was lodged against former Uttar Pradesh minister Mohd Azam Khan and four others in a recruitment matter pertaining to the Jal Nigam.

As per reports, during the Akhilesh Yadav government more than 1,300 recruitments were done in the Jal Nigam but soon allegations of irregularities and favouritism hit the floor against Azam Khan, who was chairman of the Jal Nigam when the recruitment were made .

Besides the minister, the FIR names retired IAS officer SP Singh and a chief engineer.

TNPSC Group-I Officers Recruitment Scam

The Central Crime Branch (CCB), in May 2017, found that 74 Group-1 officers selected after 2016 TNPSC examinations, Tamil Nadu, were from Apollo Study Centre run by one Sam Rajeswaran. However, most of these recruited people could not join duty, as the scam had hit the headlines.

Later, in January this year, the CCB raided Apollo Study Centre and arrested Kasi Ram Kumar, a section officer of TNPSC, in connection to the scam.

Thanks to a private TV channel that exposed the scam.

NMC Recruitment Scam

Irregularities in the recruitment of 17 employees by the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) in 1997 were exposed last year and more discrepancies related to the same came to fore early this month.

The inquiry conducted by then additional municipal commissioner MM Adtani pointed found then corporators Nana Shamkule and Krishna Khopde, who are now members of legislative assembly, had prima facie selected and appointed their relatives.

The employees were soon dismissed by the high court for being appointed despite irregularities in the recruitment process.

Police Recruitment Scam

A prominent Indian computer scientist and Nalanda University’s chancellor was accused of the scam after his involvement was found with ETH, the company partly responsible for the police recruitment scam.

The Nanded police in April this year busted a racket during the recruitment process for 69 constables and arrested as many as 14 people associated with the fraud.

Scam In Recruitment Of Religious Teachers in Army

Several junior commissioned officers of Indian Army were accused of taking money from candidates assuring them that they will be asked easy questions at an interview to recruit religious teachers, according to the army’s complaint sent to the Central Bureau of Investigation related to the concerned case.

As per reports, name of a dozen army personnel were mentioned in the complaint which also indicted involvement of some civilians.

Besides, Special Task Force (STF) of UP police on June 19 arrested 16 government employees, including 13 teachers and three basic shiksha adhikari (BSA) employees for their alleged involvement in a multi-crore teachers’ recruitment scam that took place in 2014-15.

It is worth mentioning that many a scams are also going unreported due to various reasons. Thanks to the active sleuths of the various anti-graft departments of police that at least a few culprits who had played with the future of students are now either behind bars or facing the heat.