JKP SI aspirants continue seeking age-bar relaxation, stage protest

Excelsior Correspondent
SRINAGAR, Oct 22: Aspirants of the J&K Police Sub-Inspector (SI) post today staged a protest seeking one-time relaxation in the age bar while stating that the Government needs to take effective measures to deal with the unemployment.
Scores of such aspirants protesting for the last more than five months now, appeared in the Press Enclave raising slogans in favour of their demands and urging the administration to pay to their demands.
Mohd Hussain one of the aspirants said that the administration is not paying any heed towards their issues as in the latest notification that has been issued concerning the SI post, the age limit remains to be the same.
“The notification states the age limit from 18-28, while we have been demanding a change in the same keeping in view the age at which one completes the graduation,” he said.
The aspirants said that they fail to understand where on earth one completes their graduation at the age of 18. “There are many other states that have set a different age bar, however, the same is quite opposite in J&K which we have been demanding must be changed,” the aspirants said.
The aspirants underlined the employment rate in J&K and said that the administration needs to take the necessary steps to address the same. “It is worrying that the employment rate in J&K is 22% and keeping that in view the one-time age relaxation must be given to us,” the aspirants said.
The SI aspirants said that the Government had been earlier stated that the recruitment rules being followed in the rest of the country will be implemented in the Union Territory as well, but, they said, that the situation remains unchanged as thousands of aspirants have been affected due to the age bar.
“Thousands have been rendered ineligible for the post due to the age-bar and on the contrary, there are states that have a much higher age bar for such posts; outside J&K an aspirant gets few chances to apply, while as here, only one chance is possible,” they said.