SRINAGAR: Stating that new Domicile Law has opened jobs in government sector for outsiders, Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) Vice-President and former MLC G N Monga on Sunday said that majority of over 10,000 vacancies that the J&K administration has identified for fast track recruitment in the first phase, are expected to be taken by the non-locals.

In a statement issued to press from here, he termed the new domicile rule hollow in terms of the protection of the rights of people of J&K. “The only aim of the government to go for fast track recruitment at this stage is to ensure the maximum of these jobs go to outsiders. The new domicile order is a cosmetic exercise aimed to hoodwink people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“At a time when the J&K and the country is battling with Covid19 pandemic and people are caged inside their homes, the government is deliberately issuing such orders. It is deeply perturbing that BJP government is playing mind games with the perturbed people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Monga said.

The Congress leader said that since last year August the economy of Kashmir has been virtually shattered and a few lakh people have already lost the means of livelihood. “There is no sector of the economy in Kashmir which has not been badly affected due to the wrong policies of the BJP government. The unemployment rate was already high in Kashmir and the government sector was the only hope for unemployed educated youth. But how that right too has been snatched from them,” he rued.

Monga also ridiculed the government’s decision to give daily wagers/ contractual labourers etc working in various departments will “some weightage” in the new recruitment policy. “These poor people have been serving selflessly for years together and several times the previous government had promised them of regularization. Now instead they are being told to reapply fresh and what will happen if they don’t qualify the exam?” he asked.

“It is sure that most of them will not figure in the new recruitment and then they will be shown the door despite giving the best years of their lives to the government. It is a huge injustice with them. These daily wagers and casual workers are the lone breadwinners of their families. Instead of disengaging them and snatching their livelihood, which is a wrong decision by the administration, these workers should be regularized,” Monga demanded.

The Congress leader said that youth of Kashmir was bearing the brunt of the lack of employment and struggle to find jobs – thus pushing them and their families’ backs to the wall. “In Kashmir, already facing turmoil over the decades, unemployment has become a serious concern and the percentage of unemployed youth is increasing with the poor absorption rate. Now with the new policy, the youth of Kashmir will have no way to go,” he added.


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