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The Rehbar-e- Janglat employees demand modification in policy

The J&K Govt had framed a policy in February 2020, but till date, no decision has been taken in this matter. The previous J&K State government formulated the ‘Rehbar-e- Janglat’ policy in 2017 for 534 registered with cabinet on the pattern of ‘Rehbar-e-zirat’ with the purpose of development, optimum utilisation and proper management of forests by utilising the services of technically qualified unemployed youth, i.e. B.Sc Forestry/ M.Sc forestry/PhD Forestry/ DDR trained.

Whereas the above said forestry technocrats have been unemployed from past 15 years due to older service recruitment rules duly framed in the 1960s which unfortunately doesn’t prescribe the forestry degree(BSc Forestry/MSc Forestry/PhD forestry) as an eligibility criterion for most of the posts in the department. Thus keeping in view the same, the J&K State Government formulated the aforesaid ‘Rehbar-e- Janglat’ policy for the qualified forestry technocrats.

As per the implemented ‘Rehbar- e- Janglat’ policy, the forestry professionals will be regularised after five years in the pay scale of 5200-20200, grade pay 1900, whereas, ‘Rehbar-e- Zirat’ were regularised by the creation of 2642 posts of Village Agriculture Extension Assistants in the pay band of 9300-34800 with applicable grade pay of 4200/- Contrary to ‘Rehbar-e- Zirat,’ the ‘ Rehbar-e- Janglat’ were not giving the same pay grade and post, which is clear discrimination for educated forest technocrats. It seems sheer injustice with us that the two policies, having identical genesis and objectives are implemented on diametrically different tracks when it comes to paying grade.B.Sc Forestry/M.Sc Forestry and B.Sc Agriculture are professional courses as designated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). Whereas most of the ‘Rehbar-e- Janglat’ employees have crossed the age mark of 40, and their chances of promotion in the department are minimal at this level, thus further depriving us of any ray of hope. We have been promised modifications in the policy, but nothing has been done till date.

No result-oriented action has been taken for implementation of modifications in the policy for which they have incorporated Annexure- X in the aforesaid policy(Rehbar-e-Janglat). After the conversion of state into a union territory, we approached central Ministry of environment and forest New Delhi as well Hon’ble Lt.Governor G.C. Murmu, Hon’ble Advisor Farooq Khan and Respected Commissioner/ Secretary Forest Sarita Chauhan. With the result, Govt constituted a Committee with Hon’ble Chief Secretary as its chairman to look into the matter on 27-02-2020. Since then, there has been no progress. We request the govt to make formed committee functional and review the ‘Rehbar-e- Janglat’ policy as promised.

Tariq Ahmad President

All J&K Rehbar-e- Janglat employees

Villagers of Amdarpora, Vilgam demand new water pipelines

We, the villagers of Amdarpora, Vilgam, Kupwara, are suffering on account of our defunct water supply. Our water pipelines are damaged, covered with polythene & rubber tubes. We get muddy water as there is not any filtration point. We appeal the superintendent engineer, PHE Division Handwara to sanction new pipelines and connect our water supply line with SR Dahama without any further delay.

Malik Reyaz

NYC employees demand regularisation of services, an increase in wages

We, the 6000 NYC employees, reengaged in April 2018 on a meagre honorarium of `2500/ month and without any policy of regularisation, are undergoing worst economic crunch. Our families are on the verge of starvation. We are not able to provide quality education to our children. We are suffering from psychological ailments.  `2500/ Month is a violation of the Minimum Wages Act and a violation of human rights as well. J&K Govt is unmoved over the plight of 6000 NYCs. We apprised our legitimate demands of salary hike & concrete policy of our regularisation with Lieutenant Governor of J&K on numerous occasions, but all the time we were given assurances, but till date, nothing is visible on the ground. We yet again remind & request the honourable Lieutenant Governor of J&K to intervene.


Youth demand volleyball ground in Aripanthan

We, the Youth of Aripanthan, Beerwah, request the authorities to grant us one kanal of land for volleyball ground in our area. In our village, there is a lot of land which is illegally occupied by people and is called ‘GAUSHCHAREE.’ This land can be used for this purpose. We request the Beerwah administration to look into this matter.

Shahid Shabir

No drainage system at Hamdaniya Colony, Sector-4

We, the residents, of Hamdaniya Colony, sector-4, are facing a lot of problems due to the lack of proper drainage system in our area. During winters and monsoon, we are unable to go out because the road gets inundated. We request the concerned authorities to look into the matter.

Nazir Ahmad Khan


Repair roads in Batamaloo

We, the residents of Baran Pathar, Batamaloo, are facing a lot of inconveniences due to the poor condition of roads in our area. These roads connect many interior lanes and by lanes. We appeal the concerned authorities especially the R&B department to repair our inner roads because it has become a nuisance for us due to the dust and noise pollution emanating from the vehicles which are plying day and night on this vital link road.

Residents of Baran Pathar, Batamaloo

Make transformer functional in Turigamdevbug

We, the residents of village Turigamdevbug, Herpora, near the bus stop, request the authorities to make the transformer in our area functional. A transformer was installed in February 2020, but unfortunately due to some unknown reason, the concerned department is unable to make it functional. This is causing inconvenience to the residents in this hot season. We appeal to concerned authorities to look into the matter.


2G services affecting the education sector

We, the students of Kashmir region, are facing immense difficulty because of the ban on 4G services. We are not able to understand anything in our online classes. Also, we are not able to download the study material provided by our schools because of the throttled internet speed. Moreover, we are being forced by the service providers to pay for 4G services despite getting 2G services. In these COVID times, when educational institutions across the world have moved online, we are unable to avail this facility. We request the concerned authorities to look into this matter.


Employees working under different schemes demand regularisation of services

This refers to the employees working on contractual basis under various centrally sponsored schemes like NHM, Jal Jeevan Mission, MGNREGA, etc. The said employees have been working for more than 10years on meagre wages, with no job security, despite being highly qualified & skilled. It is pertinent to mention here these employees had been recruited through proper procedure, a couple of years ago when J&K SSRB was adopting the same process for recruitment. They had been given full assurances regarding job policy, which proved hollow till date. These employees are under intense pressure as most of them have crossed the upper age bar and are thus staring at an uncertain future. J&K Govt has already regularised its all the contractual employees, under special provision act 2010, who had been recruited through proper procedure, after rendering seven years of continuous services. However, these employees have been ignored, which is a gross violation of article 16 of the Indian Constitution.

Lt Governor led administration is humbly requested to formulate a special job policy or implement special provision act 2010 for these employees.