Rashid Terms New Job Policy a ‘Human Rights Violation’

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Er Rashid during a protest rally in Srinagar against State Govt's New Job Policy. Pic: Bilal Bahadur.
Er Rashid during a protest rally in Srinagar against State Govt’s New Job Policy. Pic: Bilal Bahadur.

A row over Mufti Muhammad Sayeed-led government’s new job policy seems far from over. On Wednesday lawmaker from Langate, Er Rashid marched with his supporters to Srinagar’s press enclave where he termed the new employment policy a “human rights violation”.

Rashid said the policy—that will recruit youth on a contractual basis for seven years—is bound to play with the future of the youth.

“What about their (youth) service? Will they come under SRO-43? What can a youth do with meagre pay for seven years? Why not Ministers, MLAs and Bureaucrats work on half pay instead of asking our youth to work on half pay…” he asked.

While castigating PDP, he said, the party allied with the BJP, “so that Modi gives us some job packages”. But, he continued, with this job policy, “they (PDP) are bringing the gazetted level officer to the level of a daily wager.”

Earlier, Er Rashid began a protest march from Sher-e-Kashmir Park and later, he led a delegation to present memorandum to Divisional Commissioner on the lacunas of the recruitment policy.

“This recruitment policy will destroy the system as it is an effort to kill competency at the cost of Contractualism and Daily wage culture,” Rashid said.

“This ill drafted recruitment policy will only lead to hopelessness, frustration and breed corruption. All this is aimed to keep the state at the mercy of selfish politicians and badly exploit the youth.”

Rashid questioned the “double-speak” of the state Government over the issue.

“After feeling public pressure, Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu called the latest recruitment policy as temporary feature, while as Naeem Akthar Education Minister calls it a permanent feature,” he said.

“This policy is unacceptable to us,” he said.

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