FROM THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL: Resolutions on SRO 202, special recruitment for border residents defeated
The private members' resolutions on revoking SRO-202, special recruitment drive for unemployed youth of border areas who are facing brunt of hostile conditions and for constructing all-weather Poonch-Tangmarg Road were defeated by voice vote in the legislative council today .
Total four resolutions were moved in the legislative council of which one was withdrawn following the satisfactory reply by the concerned minister, while three others were defeated by voice vote.
NC MLC Qaiser Jamsheed Lone moved resolution requesting the House "to resolve that SRO-202 dated 30-06-2015 (J&K Special Recruitment Rules, 2015) be revoked". It was seconded by Showkat Hussain Ganai.
Speaking in support of resolution, Jamsheed Lone said, "By providing marginal salaries, the government is dragging them towards corruption," and added, "We legislators every time demand more hikes and revenues as we cannot meet our expenses, it is grave injustice with youth appointed under SRO 202, it should be revoked."
PDP MLC Firdos Tak also highlighted the problems being faced by youth after being recruited under SRO. He said several departments including Education, Police and High Court exclude its employees from said SRO and government should take holistic view in overall welfare of people and remove it from the departments where recruitment was held under clear vacancies.
Opposing the revocation, minister for public works department, Naeem Akhtar, said that the SRO should not be seen out of context.
"The SRO is part of large plan to eradicate unemployment; it should not be seen as isolated case. It a policy like ReT formulated for benefit of educated youth," Akhtar said and requested the member to withdraw the resolution.
However, Qaiser Jamsheed pressed the resolution, but it was turned down after voice vote, as only two members of opposition were present in the House.
PDP MLC Surinder Choudhary moved a resolution stating, "The House resolves to start a special recruitment drive for unemployed youth of border areas who are facing brunt of hostile conditions." It was seconded by Vibod Gupta.
Speaking for resolution, Choudary said that people living near border are actual suffers of skirmishes.
"The education of children is suffering, live stocks perished, homes are destroyed, if anyone wants relief its youth of border but it's unfortunate that genuine people are ignored on all fronts," he said and pressed for the resolution.
Minister for Agriculture Production, Ghulam Nabi Lone while responding to the issue raised, said that for recruitments at the level of sub-inspectors and constables the police department has switched over technology driven process which envisages, inter-alia, conduct of Physical Standard Test (PST) and Physical Endurance Test (PET) on scientific lines.
The Minister said that there was no proposal to conduct any special police recruitment drive in border areas of the state. He further said that ministry of Home Affairs, GoI accorded sanction for raising of 5 IR battalions in which 60% posts of constables were kept reserved for border districts of the state.
He also said that out of allotted quota of 2605 posts earmarked, 2491 candidates were selected from border districts of the state.
NC MLC, Dr Shehnaz Ganai, moved a resolution and urged government to construct double lane and all weather 78 kms Poonch-Mandi-Loran-Bhasamgali-Tangmarg Road.