SRINAGAR: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Thursday described the notification on recruitment rules for appointment to Class IV posts in Jammu and Kashmir as unjust for the local residents of the districts where these vacancies are to be filled, saying this will further shrink the scarce avenues of jobs for the youth of the remote, backward, far-flung districts.
“Class IV posts form the lowest rung in the hierarchy of government sector jobs with lowest pay ranges and usurping these tantamount denial of justice to youth and virtually snatching morsels of meals from the mouths of poor,” Rana said in a statement here, adding that wisdom behind earmarking these posts with preference to the locals of the areas where vacancies become available was not only to secure their interests but ensuring the smooth functioning of the offices too.
The Provincial President said that assigning just 10 additional marks in the district cadre posts to locals of the districts is a cruel joke, primarily because a candidate from the remote and far-flung area is not expected to compete with the urban counterpart, who wields more exposure and perhaps level of education. Since there is the absence of level playing field between the two, the candidates from the rural, remote and far-flung areas may not stand the competition despite getting some additional scoring points and hence they may miss the opportunity, he added.
Rana termed the rules as demoralizing for a vast chunk of the population, especially the permanent residents and sought immediate rollback of the notification in the larger interest of unemployed youth who stand pushed to the wall due to burgeoning unemployment. He said Jammu and Kashmir being industrially under-development and lacking organised corporate houses, the government sector is the only hope for educated unemployed. Snatching this too is unjustified, he said and hoped good sense to prevail over the policy planners so that course correction is undertaken on an immediate basis.
The Provincial President said the notification is also a grim reminder about the developments to follow with regard to filling up of vacancies to various categories. He said the grim prospect of jobs in the wake of domicile rules is going to sap the morale of permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.