J&K to have new Reservation, Recruitment Policies, says LG

‘Militancy can’t be handled force by force’
*73rd, 74th Amendments to be implemented in UT

Sanjeev Pargal
JAMMU, Dec 12: Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu today indicated that the Government will come out with a new Reservation Policy in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir after going through the existing policy here and said they were also working on the transparent Recruitment Policy including Self-employment for absorption of 30,000 to 40,000 unemployed youth.
In a brief chat with media persons after inaugurating ASSOCHAM’s J&K office here, the Lieutenant Governor also came up with significant statement on the militancy front saying it (the militancy) can’t be handled force by force and it required constructive participation of various sections of the society to educate people.
Murmu said there has to be a Reservation Policy in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and, for the purpose; they are studying the existing Reservation Policy (which was prevalent in the erstwhile State).
“There has to be a Reservation Policy as reservation has to be given in the Government jobs. We are looking into the present Reservation Policy,” he said.
It may be mentioned here that some sections were denied due reservations in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir in view of separate laws here. With Central legislations now applicable in the Union Territory, the Reservation Policy will also be in lines with the Government of India.
The Lieutenant Governor also said that they were working on new transparent Recruitment Policy including Self-Employemnt for recruitment of 30,000 to 40,000 youth in the Government jobs but made it clear that everyone can’t be given the Government jobs.
“This mindset that everybody will get the Government job has to change. Of course, the Government jobs are there but they are not too much as every year 25,000 to 26,000 youths are passing out from the Universities,” he said, adding that the youth should come forward for not only getting jobs in the industry but for setting up the industry as well.
“We will give them the necessary exposure,” he asserted.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik had announced 50,000 Government jobs for the youth post abrogation of special Constitutional provisions of the erstwhile State and its bifurcation into the two Union Territories of J&K and Ladakh. However, not many posts have been advertised after the creation of two Union Territories barring Police Department.
Replying to a question, Murmu said the militancy can’t be handled force by force.
“Situation is under control (in the Kashmir valley). But militancy can’t be handled force by force. It requires lot of efforts and constructive participation from local businessmen, education sector, political leaders and other sections of society to guide people about the benefits of peace,” the Lieutenant Governor said.
On his remarks on restoration of power to the people, Murmu said the elections to the Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats hadn’t been held in the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir since 2005 and 2011 respectively which were conducted last year.
“Now, we are implementing 73rd and 74th Amendments of the Constitution of India and giving powers to the Urban Local Bodies and Panchayats. This will ensure powers at the grass root level,” he added.
On Assembly elections, Murmu quipped that one day there will be a Legislature and political vacuum won’t remain in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir very long.
To another question on tapping of power potential in the Union Territory, the Lieutenant Governor said there was potential of generating 20,000 MW power in Jammu and Kashmir and work on some of the ongoing projects was being expedited.
“Work was going on over three power projects which will give 3000 to 4000 MW of electricity supply,” he added.