When K. Devi found that she was one among the successful candidates who cleared the written test, computer test and interview for a particular job at the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB), her happiness knew no bounds.

But, after 18 months of the job notification, her joys have turned into anguish, and she has been running from pillar to post to get the final results and the appointment letter. Similar is the plight of many candidates. The Board had issued a notification in May 2012 seeking applications from eligible candidates for about 10 cadres and 17 positions, including Assistant Executive Officer (Admin. and Revenue), Assistant Executive Officer (Finance), Assistant Engineer (Civil) and Sanitary Inspectors. Following the notification, over 200 candidates had applied. The Board conducted the written examination, including typing and computer skills for 100 marks, and interview was conducted for 15 marks.

In September, 2012, a list of successful candidates short-listed was published in the order of merit. This apart, a list of waitlisted candidates was also published. “We were informed that it was a provisional merit list, and appointment letters would be given only after scrutiny and ascertaining the eligibility of candidates . A year passed by, but there is no communication from the SCB,” says Devi. The delay in declaring results will deprive candidates of the opportunity to apply for other jobs as most cross their age of eligibility, she points out. Things got delayed inordinately after then Chief Executive Officer (CEO) S. Balakrishna was posted as Returning Officer for elections in Mangalore last year. Soon after, he was transferred to Visakhapatnam, and since then, the SCB authorities have not bothered to declare the final results.

“Whenever we approach the SCB authorities, including the current CEO, Sujatha Gupta, and other Board members, they say the results will be declared shortly. But, the candidates are worried,” says Mr. Satyam. While Ms. Gupta was unavailable for comment, former Vice-President and elected Board Member J. Pratap promised to take up the issue with the CEO and SCB President Sunil S. Bodhe to ensure that results are declared at the earliest.

(Candidates’ names have been changed on request)

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