Dear Editor, I would like to draw the kind attention towards the recent decision by the central government to scrap the age relaxation clause to the domicile of J&K which has turned the youth of J&K to a state of frustration and resentment. This decision will have lots of consequences as the UT has already faced increasing unemployment day by day.The age relaxation clause of five years to the domicile of J&K came in the year 1996 with notification No. 15012/91 – Estt (D) dated 09-09-1996 issued by the Govt. of India, Minister of Personnel Public grievance and Pensions (Department of Personal and Training) New Delhi as received from General Administration Department vide GAD/(NGT)/RB/81/83 dated 22-11-1996. This decade was an era of conflict and violence and the education of children was suffered a lot and they have not got quality of education. So it was an attempt to rehabilitate the youth with the mainstream. It is important to mention here that original clause of age relaxation would have terminated on its own 31st December 2026, so why would DOPT scrap it just a few years in advance. UPSC CSE is one of the prestigious examinations in the country which requires hard work, patience and conductive environment to compete. But in an erstwhile state like that of J&K which is always witnessed violence, shutdown, ban on internet, the youth is deprived of a conductive environment and equal opportunity to compete. The clause of age relaxation of upper age limit of five years to the residents of J&K born between 1st January 1980 to 31st December 1989 was an aim to provide equal opportunities to youth and many aspirants from J&K qualified the prestigious exam with top ranks. But the decision of scrapping age relaxation cannot pay back years given to the preparation for the examination. This clause would have automatically expired in the year 2026, when a candidate born in the year 1989 would have turned 36. Moreover, this age relaxation was not category based, community based or region based but only for the person who had originally been domiciled in the erstwhile state of J&K between 1st Jan 1980 to 31st Dec 1989. So, I request to theHon’ble Lt. Governor of UT of J&K Girish Chandra Murmu sahibto look into this matter with the immediate abolition of this decision of DOPT so that it will give some extent of relief to the aggrieved aspirants. Arun Khajuria, Patel Nagar Kathua.
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