Jammu based reserved category employees’ protest enters 30th day

Reserved category employees of Kashmir staging protest in Jammu on Thursday.
Reserved category employees of Kashmir staging protest in Jammu on Thursday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 30: All Jammu based reserved category employees, rendering their services in  Kashmir, continued their protest demonstration on the 30th consecutive day here today.
They are sitting on protest dharna since June Ist, 2022. Raising slogans and demanding redressal of their genuine demands and issues in the wake of  recent selective and target killings of non-local employees including that of Rajni Bala, who was serving as a teacher at Government High School, Gopalpora, in district Kulgam in Kashmir Division.
The demands included framing of a concrete Inter-district / Inter-division  Transfer Policy and implementation of the same in time bound manner after fixing a tenure of 5-years of services in Kashmir Valley, utilization of services of employees posted in various districts of Kashmir division in their respective home districts and  not to pressurize the Jammu based employees to resume their duties or in any manner whatsoever it may be in these prevailing circumstances till the ground situation becomes conducive in Valley.
After the exodus of 1990’s, the 1st batch of Jammu based reserved category employees was appointed in Kashmir Division way back in the year 2006. Since then the reserved category employees have started serving at various departments in different districts of Kashmir Division. They are neither appointed under return and rehabilitation policy nor bound by way of any Undertaking / Affidavit / Bond for the claim of transfer.
The Jammu based employees are staying in the rental accommodation mostly in far-flung and remote areas of Kashmir valley as of now for the sake of livelihood, keeping aside the social as well as family obligations towards their families as a son/daughter, a parent and spouse.
With the abrogation of Article 370 and 35-A on August 5, , 2019 and formation of UT of Jammu and Kashmir, hopes and aspirations of employees were raised manifold including that of framing of new Inter-district / Inter-division  Transfer Policy.  But nothing concrete has come out so far regarding Transfer Policy.
A couple of days back 5-members delegation of Core Committee of All Jammu Based Reserved Category Employees Association Kashmir met Lt. Governor, Manoj Sinha submitted the memorandum and apprised him about their demands and issues. Sinha gave a patient hearing and assured that an appropriate action would be taken to address their genuine demands.