The job aspirants with post graduate and Ph D degrees in different branches of agriculture have assailed SROs 442 and 433 saying these policies have diminished their chances of employment.
"Under SRO-442, which has been issued recently, the JuniorAgriculture Extension Officer (JAEO) posts are to be filled 100 percent onpromotional basis. This is contrary to the earlier position provided underSRO-02," said Zakir Amin, General secretary of SKAUST Students council.
He said under SRO-02, 60 percent posts were filled by directrecruitment.
"In the same way, under SRO-433 the only entry level post ingazette cadre of JKAPD that is Agriculture Extension Officer (AEO) is to befilled 20 percent by direct recruitment and 80 percent by promotion. Earlierunder SRO-179 these posts were filled 50 percent by direct recruitment and 50percent by promotion," he said.
The aspirants also complained against non filling of some ofthe key posts over past a decade.
"Even in the 20 percent quota for direct recruitment in AEO,not a single post has been advertised for more than a decade. Moreover, 500posts of JAEO are lying vacant in JKAPD," a dejected aspirant said.
"Every year hundreds of professionals come out in job marketafter finishing their degrees but they are left in lurch," he added.
The students said they met various officials under thebanner of SKAUST students council related to the issue but their demandsincluding revocation of these SROs is yet to be addressed.
While talking to Greater Kashmir, Ravinder Nath Sadhu, SpecialSecretary, agriculture production department said the aspirants have somegenuine concerns about job avenues being getting reduced.
"The policies are made through government decision and weare looking into it to make sure that youth will get equal chance to getrecruited," Sadhu said.
"In context of recruitment by promotion against posts likeAEO, the issue is that most of the incumbents are direct recruits. The highofficials in the department are of the view that first the ratio of directrecruitees and promotional recruitees should be balanced and then advertisementshould put out," he said.
He said the aggrieved should put forth their representationso that steps could be taken in this regard.