Government urged to change eligibility criteria for Class IV posts

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, Aug 2: District Ramban unit of All J&K Youth Federation (AJKYF)- a body of Graduates, Post Graduates and other degree holders, has demanded change in the new discriminatory recruitment policy which debars degree holders and highly qualified youth from taking part in Class IV special recruitment for which JKSSB recently advertised 8575 posts in various department in UT J&K.
“After the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A on 5th August 2019., former Governor J&K Satya Pal Malik had announced 50,000 jobs for the youth of J&K to be filled up on fast track bases i,e with in 3 months. Now after 11 months JKSSB has advertised 8575 Class 1V posts, with a disputed policy as administration has fixed a maximum eligibility 12th class, while leaving thousands of degree holders in lurch,” said District Convenor Muzaffer Malik- a Post Graduate scholar in English.
He stressed that Government should abolish the notification and issue a fresh notification to make all degree holders eligible for the recruitment process and there should be a clarification from the administration regarding the new eligibility criteria. “It is sheer violation of fundamental rights to equality in matter of employment,” he said and urged Government to reconsider and allow all the unemployed youth to take part in the recruitment process.
The aggrieved aspirants threatened mass agitation, if the eligibility criteria is not changed for these posts. The aspirants also stated that they would approach court for the same.
District Executive member Imran Farhat, another Post Graduate scholar said that in the past 6 years no major recruitment was held in J&K which led to higher unemployment rate in the UT. “When Modi Government had assumed charge in 2014, people of J&K hoped to get rid of shackles of poverty, unemployment, underdevelopment, inequality and injustice. Six years have completed so far and people are feeling dejected and depressed as there seems hardly any end to militancy and unemployment in the erstwhile Union Territory,” he explained and lamented that there were hardly any Government jobs for years to adjust the thousands of educated youth.