STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: Various political and social organisations on Saturday hailed the much needed amendment in Jammu & Kashmir UT Domicile Law, by which all Government jobs in J&K UT have now been reserved for residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Darakhshan Andrabi, Bharatiya Janata Party Spokesperson and Chairperson Waqf Development Committee of Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India has hailed Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Home Minister, Amit Shah for making such an amendment, terming it as a ‘timely decision’ taken by Central Government keeping in view the aspirations of J&K people. Dr Andrabi said that the government is willing to go to any extent to usher new era of prosperity, development and peace in Jammu & Kashmir. “BJP is committed to give a ‘new Jammu & Kashmir’ to people who have been subjected to political exploitation, corruption and terrorism by ruling dispensations during past 70 years,” she added. She further criticised political opponents for their hue and cry on the Domicile Law saying that they are responsible for all miseries of people. “Those who deceived the innocent people of J&K for more than seven decades, are now talking about aspirations of people,” said BJP Spokesperson. She also hailed the Lt Governor’s administration for its initiatives to contain COVID-19 pandemic. Jammu Kashmir Sharnarthi Action Committee (JKSAC) welcomed the timely taken decision by the Ministry of Home Affairs by making amendment in the newly issued Domicile Law for J&K. The committee members urged the UT administration to include wards of PoK DPs in 4 per cent reservation quota in jobs/technical institutions, as allotted to Pahari Speaking People, irrespective of their place of residence. Gurdev Singh, President JKSAC requested the Union Government to include the wards of DPs in 4 per cent reservation quota, as allotted to Pahari Speaking People irrespective of their place of residence, as they were also ousted forcibly from the same area and speak Pahari language. He also urged Ravinder Raina, Ram Madhav and other BJP leaders to approach UT and Central Government to take adequate steps for resolving all pending issues of DPs, as it is right time to reciprocate their massive mandate. BJP J&K Executive Member, Raman Suri said that party leadership is sensitive to public issues, wants young boys and girls to be empowered and won’t let them down in any situation, especially in newly formed UT of J&K. “This is the reason that Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a fresh domicile order with regard to Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services and Recruitments Act, thereby reserving all vacancies in Government departments, both gazetted and non-gazetted, for domiciles of Union Territory of J&K,” he said. Suri said, considering sentiments of youth, particularly the unemployed educated class, Union Government timely reserved all gazetted and non-gazetted posts for local people of J&K. “With this, now only domiciles of J&K UT will be eligible to apply for any vacant and advertised government jobs in Jammu and Kashmir. This was not a demand, but need of J&K youth, thus government acted accordingly for betterment of youth,” he said. Kashmiri Khatri Hindu Maha Sabha also welcomed amendment in the new domicile law. Ramesh Chander Mahajan, Chairman of the Sabha said that the now the new Domicile Law will protect interest of unemployed youths in job opportunities, who were facing lack of employment avenues and backwardness in industries sector. It will remove all discrimination and fulfill aspirations of educated unemployed youth of J&K, he added. Senior Congress leader, Satish Sharma described the amendment as a big victory for youth of UT Jammu and Kashmir. Rakesh Singh, State President Jammu Kashmir SSRB Teacher/Master Association has welcomed Central Government’s move to amend J&K Domicile Law, keeping in view the aspirations of J&K people. Singh urged Central Government to implement formula of ‘retirement after 33 years of service or 60 years of age whichever earlier’ as it would pave way for providing employment to a large number of highly qualified unemployed youth, who are at verge of becoming over-age. The National Students Union of India (NSUI) rejected Domicile law for J&K, demanding that permanent subject holders should only be entitled to jobs. “We also demand restoration of statehood to J&K, as it was unconstitutionally divided into Union Territories,” Neeraj Kundan, National President, NSUI said in a statement issued here. “The private sector in J&K is almost zero because of past disturbances. Jobs in Government sector is the only hope for J&K youth and the same opportunity can’t be snatched from them. Situation in J&K cannot be compared with States like Delhi, UP & Maharashtra, therefore imposing a condition like 15-years stay or any other similar Domicile provision is not right. J&K is a hilly region and youth has to focus on studies amid all disturbances and terrorism,” he added. Kundan further said, “If we really want situation in J&K to get improved, we will have to make sure that more and more youth get jobs in the government sector. It will inspire others and they will also focus on study instead of getting distracted by getting involved in other anti-social activities. The first step towards it should be restoration of statehood to J&K.” Social-activist, Marathoner and Member of Jammu Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Gaurav Gupta described Union Home Ministry’s decision of reserving all Government jobs in J&K for locals as a combined victory of J&K people, who raised voice for the same. “We are thankful to each and everyone, irrespective of regional and political affiliations, who raised their voice for protection of genuine rights of youth and pressurised Government of India to amend its own order within two days,” he said. Gupta further said that it was the occasion to rejoice not only because all Government jobs have been now reserved for locals but also for the reason that it was apparently for the first time when everyone across Jammu and Kashmir, irrespective of their political ideology, raised voice for a same cause. “This is also a big lesson for people of J&K that if we remain united for the genuine cause of masses, the Government of India would listen to our voice and respond positively,” he added and appealed youth to contribute more & more for progress of the society and nation as the whole. Abhijeet Singh Jasrotia, Spokesperson, J&K BJP welcomed and appreciated amendment made by Central Government in domicile law of J&K. Jasrotia said that it was a major cherished dream and vision of Praja Parishad Movement. “It is a wise decision taken by the Central Government, keeping in view the interest of people of J&K. It has also given a blow to nefarious designs of people, who wanted to exploit innocent people of J&K,” he said. “Once again, the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown that present dispensation is sensitive towards needs and welfare of J&K people,” he said. Abhijeet assured that the amendment has even saved people of J&K where previously nepotism was a precursor behind most selections and as a result, deserving candidates had lost faith in erstwhile dynastical political rulers of J&K. “With transparency in selection system by BJP Government, the aspirants are assured of free & fair selection to every post. Moreover, more than 50,000 jobs are on cards. So, everyone should start working hard to get selected and feel assured under the leadership of Prime Minister,” he added. KP Sabha also welcomed the decision taken by the Government of India to reserve government jobs of all categories for the domiciles of J&K UT. “The amendment to the notification which was issued on April 3, is not only praiseworthy but also shows the concern that the GoI holds for the future of the large number of youths belonging to both the regions of the UT. Throwing these jobs open for competition for the entire nation would have jeopardized the interests of the local youths belonging especially to the far flung areas of the UT most of whom would not be able to withstand the competition from those having access to better standards of education and learning,” K K Khosa, President KP Sabha Jammu said. “Traditionally government service has been one of the main employment sectors which is available to our youth. I would also make an appeal to the Lt Governor, G.C Murmu to expedite the recruitment process for all vacancies that exist in various government departments to provide much needed gainful employment to our youth. The UT Government must also ensure that coveted government jobs are given only to the meritorious and deserving youth who get selected through a fair and impartial selection process,” he added.
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