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JKAP describes fresh recruitment rules as anti-youth, against constitution

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Cong says, rules against the interests of local youths of backward and remote areas

SRINAGAR : Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) and Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee have strongly reacted to the fresh recruitment rules for class IV announced by the Lt. Governor administration.

JKAP president Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday described the new rules as ‘completely prejudicial in nature’ and demanded its immediate roll back.

“In the new recruitment rules notified on June 4, 2020 the administration has incorporated SRO-202 clauses which are not only obsolete but brazenly unconstitutional in nature. The five-year probation instead of two years with denial of increments is totally against the right to equality enjoyed by all other citizens across the country except for the residents of J&K,” Bukhari said in a statement issued here today, while urging for personal intervention of the union home minster into the matter.

He said that the SRO 202 was formulated by the previous elected government under the constitution of erstwhile state of J&K, which presently stands revoked. “Since the Indian constitution and law is directly applicable to Jammu and Kashmir how can SRO 202 be still valid in such a situation? The government of India cannot have double standards for residents of J&K while the citizens in all others states enjoy equal rights under the constitution of the country,” he remarked.

He also questioned the J&K government’s stand on the report submitted by the Law Commission headed by Justice (Retd.) M.K Hanjura who had recommended reduction in probation period from five to two years for employees recruited under SRO-202 since its notification in 2015.

“It is highly disgusting that the present dispensation has continued with anti-youth SRO-202. Justice (Retd.) Hanjura led Law Commission had recommended to set these rules in tune and in line with Office Memorandum of Department of Personnel and Training, Government of India, and also to be in consonance with the evolved concept of justice and equality,” Bukhari observed, adding that the present government seems to have trashed those recommendations.

He demanded those employees who have completed two years of probation on the date of the promulgation of Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Act 2019 should be regularized forthwith and the cases of those employees who will be completing two years of probation on any future date may be taken up for such consideration as per the recommendations of the Hanjura Law Commission.

Taking an exception to the other lacunas in the new recruitment rules, the JKAP president said the additional weightage clause for the district cadre posts is also against the principle of equality. “How can the candidates from remote and inaccessible areas of a district be equated with their counterparts who reside and get education and exposure in urban areas of the same district? This is totally an unjustified clause which should be removed forthwith,” he demanded.

Bukhari also censured the administration for insisting the candidates for production of Domicile Certificates at the end of recruitment process saying that the clause in fresh recruitment rules is not only frustrating but loaded with political connotations which put a question mark on the intentions of government for addressing the burning issue of unemployment in J&K.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee has said that the new recruitment rules for class IVth posts would be against the interests of local youths of the backward and under developed districts and remote areas.

Reacting to the new recruitment rules, J&K Pradesh Congress Committee has said that thousands of applicants in various districts, who had appeared twice for the selection tests for class IV posts have been left high and dry.

In a statement, the party has said that under the new recruitment rules the local youth of such districts, which have scarce and limited educational facilities, would be at great loss in the open competitions with the youth of advanced districts.

Rana urges govt to revoke SRO 202

Jammu : Seeking immediate revocation of “discriminatory SRO 202”, National Conference provincial president Devender Singh Rana on Friday urged the Jammu and Kashmir administration to come up with a comprehensive employment policy.

He said the policy should be in sync with the commitments being made for nearly a year now since the imposition of the Central rule to combat the burgeoning unemployment problem and spell out the road map for promoting employability at the strength of skill development.

The provincial president feared that the administration has no clue about the level of unemployment and un-employability in the absence of an authentic verified data-base.

“No tangible road map has been prepared despite liberal promises being made on employment front,” Rana said, hoping that the administration will take youth into confidence in this regard with assurance about safeguarding the interests of permanent residents and providing equitable opportunities to all belonging to different regions and sub-regions of Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the far-flung, remote and backward areas.

On SRO 202, the NC provincial president said the rule has been demoralising for the employees selected under this proviso and also the aspiring candidates as it brings parity among the government servants. He urged the administration to revoke the SRO 202 with retrospective effect.

He described SRO 202 as against natural justice and well-defined maxim of ‘equal pay for equal work’, saying the five-year probation instead of two years with denial of increments is frustrating for the employees and job-seeking unemployed educated youth. This SRO does not only render the appointees stagnant with minimum of the pay scale but also denies them the benefit of career advancement, he said, adding the provision does not stand the test of principle of equality.

Rana said the administration must also audit and review the working of District Employment and Counselling Centres set up eight years back to act as one stop nodal point for employment, imparting training, counselling and hand-holding.

Treat PRCs as domicile certificates: Vakil to Govt

Srinagar: Former minister and senior vice president Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference Abdul Gani Vakil today asked the government to come clear about its recent announcement of 10000 jobs in J&K.

In a statement, Vakil asked the Lt Governor led administration to speed up the process of recruitment and clear the ambiguity on it as nothing has been done so far in this direction after the announcement.

Vakil stressed that the PRCs issued by the authorities of the erstwhile state governments of J&K should be regarded as Domicile Certificates and the government must consider it on priority basis.

“Why do you want everyone to apply for the new domicile certificates when all the youth of J&K in the age group of above 18 years possess PRCs,” Vakil said.

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