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JAMMU, Apr 2: The newly formed Domicile Law for the J&K Union Territory is a welcome step and will usher an era of equality, transparency, regional balance, recognition of talent and end the hitherto prevalent regime of nepotism, favouritism, back-door entries, corruption, regional discrimination, high-headedness and arbitrariness claimed Bharatiya Janata Party in a press release issued today. Elaborating further Brig Anil Gupta, Spokesperson of the Party said, “The memory of our youth is not so short-lived that they had to vehemently protest after release of every fresh list of selection by JKPSC, SSRB or the J&K Bank. There were disappointment among the youth because the lists were alleged to be unfair, biased and discriminatory. Only those who enjoyed patronage of the politicians in power or the politically influential families were favoured. Allegations were also made of ‘money exchanging hands’. Nothing could be done because they all enjoyed immunity under Article 370.” Now these will be things of past with level playing field for all irrespective to which layer or strata of society or which region one belongs to.
It is unfortunate that the youth is being misled through use of provocative statements and unwanted adjectives by the Kashmir centric leaders and those who had enjoyed their patronage in Jammu. These leaders enjoyed the monopoly over grant of jobs using their discretion that benefitted only a few and the majority of the people be it from Kashmir or Jammu remained deprived of government jobs. The scandalous employments in J&K Bank without any interview or through verbal recommendation from the Gupkar Gang are still fresh in the minds of the youth across the state. It was only after abolition of 370 and 35A by BJP government that the system of interviews for class IV and certain non-gazetted posts was discontinued thus bringing to an end the practice of earning jobs through gratification bringing relief to the poor and ordinary people who could ill-afford such gratifications asserted Brig Gupta.
Reservation of government jobs for the state domicile up to Level 4 of 7th CPC pay scales,ie, 22500 basic pay is a welcome step since 80% of government jobs fall under this category. Moreover, the provision exists for the government to lay down specific conditions while notifying for a particular job depending upon the nature and requirement of job. Hence to say that no priority would be given to the domiciles for non-gazetted and gazetted jobs is misleading and mala fide clarified Brig Gupta.
Reacting to the statements of various Kashmiri leaders who are unhappy with losing their monopoly and arbitrary powers, Brig Gupta said, “There can’t be one set of rules for J&K and another for the rest of India when we proudly talk of one nation-one constitution. Any reservation for gazetted jobs in J&K should logically deprive J&K residents for those jobs in rest of the country. One can’t have best of both the worlds. We will have to give up the tendency of eating from others plates but denying the same to others.”
For those who are demanding reservation on the pattern of North-East, Brig Gupta clarified that the reservation for jobs in the NE for the tribal only and there is no restriction on jobs for citizens from rest of the country. There are number of state government employees in different departments from South Indian states, Bihar, Bengal, UP, MP, Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab as well. It is the BJP which has introduced political reservation for the tribal in J&K which was denied to them so far asserted Brig Gupta.
The press release assures the youth of J&K that the newly formed law is neither a ‘crippling blow’ nor a ‘casual’ exercise but well thought out remedy to their woes and would enable them to compete for government jobs in a fair and transparent manner. The outrage of Kashmir-centric leaders is well understood and the party sympathises with them. “Let us not rush to conclusions too early even without the provisions of new law being put to test even once,” advised Brig Gupta.
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