Inter-District Recruitment Bill
Srinagar, Apr 7: The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party has warned of disastrous consequences if the amendment seeking eight percent reservation for the Scheduled Caste candidates at the district and divisional cadre level is adopted in the inter-district recruitment bill to be tabled in the House on Friday. The party, however, assured full support to the ruling National Conference for the passage of the bill in the legislature “if put to vote in its original form.”
“The PDP and NC have the requisite numbers in the House and we can pass the bill, seeking ban on inter-district recruitments, if it is tabled in its original form without the amendment seeking eight percent reservation for the Scheduled Caste candidates in the district and divisional cadre posts,” PDP President Mehbooba Mufti said at a press conference here Wednesday.
Mehbooba said the PDP would oppose the bill, if the government brings it in the amended form keeping aside eight percent reservation for Schedule Caste candidates at the district and the divisional level. “It would not only lead to chaos and confusion, but could fuel sharp regional divide in the state, if the Government pushes for the passage of the bill with the highly controversial amendments.”
“The NC shouldn’t panic over the passage of the bill in its original form. The NC and PDP have the numbers to pass the bill in its original form and there is no reason for the NC to bring the amendment,” the PDP president said.
Flanked by the party chief spokesman Naeem Akhtar, the PDP president said the controversial reservations would pitch the state’s districts against each other and create panic among the unemployed youth of the Valley’s economically deprived districts, who are already up in arms against the controversial inter-district recruitments.
She said in Jammu and Kashmir some districts have high literacy while as others were lowest in literacy and economic ladder like Budgam, Kupwara and Poonch and Rajouri, and the candidates from these districts don’t compete with those from the well-off districts.
She said resentment was brewing among the unemployed educated youth against making the district and divisional cadre posts free for all. She quoted instance of 2006 when in Udhampur, candidates from district Islamabad and Doda were not allowed to vie for the district cadre posts there.
“The only way to arrest the resentment is that the district cadre posts should be reserved for residents of concerned district and divisional cadre posts for residents of concerned division,” she said.
Earlier the district cadre and divisional cadre posts were filled at the district and divisional level but the set-up changed in 2004 when the SC ruled that any candidate from the state can apply for any post whether it is in the divisional or the district cadre.
Mehbooba said the Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather in 2009 brought the inter-district recruitment bill in the assembly, which was sent to the joint select committee of the House. She said the House Select Committee House has given its recommendations for the passage of the bill in its original form.
She said if the government keeps eight percent reservations for the SCs at the district level, it would bring chaos in the districts where there is no SC population. “This would create confrontation and it will have devastating effect for the whole state,” she said and accused NC of complicating the issue by speaking in different languages over it.
“In Kashmir NC is for the bill in its original form and in Jammu it is for fresh reservation. This doublespeak of the NC would lead the State nowhere,” the PDP president said.
She said by bringing amendment the NC has agreed to compromise the sprit of law and it was unacceptable to her party.
“Narrow legalities and technicalities should not be cited to mar the future of the State,” she added. She said since 1947 no one has come up with such a bill. She said the NC would be creating a perpetual unrest in the State if it brings the bill keeping reservation of eight percent for SCs. She said already the districts where people have been recruited on the eight percent reservation for SCs in district cadre posts were suffering. “This is not for us to score political points. The consequences of playing politics over the bill would be dangerous,” she said. She cited the recruitment of 29 Urdu illiterates as Naib-Tehsildars despite the case being sub-judice and said “this government crawls when asked to bend.”
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The PDP president said the NC led government was at war with everyone in the State. She said the NC promised everything to the people during elections. “It had promised nominal power tariff, massive recruitment even to people who are under-matric and many more things but now it is after everyone,” she said.
Mehbooba said the Government never informed the employees it doesn’t have the funds to meet their demands. “Instead it always assured them of taking up the matter with New Delhi. Ironically, this government is so ill-informed that its Law Minister says it will approach the 13th Finance Commission for release of arrears. He doesn’t know that the 13th FC is already closed,” the PDP said.
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