J&K youth demands amends in SRO 202; calls it sheer injustice

The unemployment has always been a matter of grave concern for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir. The educated and unemployed youth includes engineering and MBBS pass-outs, graduates, under graduates, diploma holders and others. In the month of January this year, Jammu and Kashmir Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj and Law and Justice Abdul Haq Khan told that more than one lakh unemployed youth have registered themselves with the Employment Department. Further while replying to a question of Sat Paul Sharma in the assembly, he said 58,796 unemployed youth are registered in Kashmir while as 45,781 in the Jammu division.

Then, the assembly was informed that the fast track recruitment policy will help the unemployed youth to get new job opportunities and the policy was adopted with the motive to fill both both gazetted and non-gazetted vacant posts.

New Recruitment Policy rules

  • In purview of the recruitment policies, SRO 202 was implemented in June 2015 but this new policy seemed to be unfair for the educated youth. As per the new recruitment rules by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, every new appointee shall be entitled to the minimum of scale of pay along with the grade pay (7000-8000) applicable to the post against which he is appointed.
  • The persons appointed under these rules shall be entitled to annual increments, Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance and City Compensatory Allowance after successful completion of their five years' service on consolidated salary.
  • The seniority of persons appointed under these rules shall reckon from the date of their appointment.
  • It was also mentioned that in the matter of other conditions of service like age, qualification, discipline, conduct and other allied matters, a person appointed under these rules shall be governed by the recruitment rules of the service to which the post occupied by him belongs, besides other rules, regulations and orders in vogue in the State Civil Services in general.
  • This SRO applies also to police forces in the State which is shocking as such policies in emergency departments shouldn't be promoted.

Sheer Injustice

Considering the rising prices of essential commodities, it is appalling that government has framed such a policy which is sheer injustice to the qualified people. Multiple appeals have been made for the revocation of new recruitment policy but nothing concrete has been said or done in this regard.

The policy tells that two people working on the same position will get different salaries, like one who has been posted under new policy will get around 7000-8000 rupees for doing the same job whereas the old employees will get 17000-20000 rupees. The policy has resulted in frustration among the youth of the state because they will be contributing equally and working for same hours, doing same amount of work for almost half of the salary which is plainly unfair. No increments for first five years are one of the biggest demoralizing factors for the youngsters.

Considering all factors associated with new recruitment policy, the government must amend it or bring a new scheme subsuming all existing policies. A single better incentivized policy should be brought into implementation to help the unemployment issue existing in the state.


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