Leh, Kargil remain shut due to strike call of student unions

Markets of Leh (left) and Kargil (right) wearing deserted look on Friday due to strike call by student unions. -Excelsior/ Morup Stanzin/ Basharat Ladakhi
Markets of Leh (left) and Kargil (right) wearing deserted look on Friday due to strike call by student unions. -Excelsior/ Morup Stanzin/ Basharat Ladakhi

Neglect of Ladakh youth in JKB recruitment

Excelsior Correspondent

LEH, July 24: Life remain paralyzed in both Leh and Kargil districts as due to strike call given by student unions against neglect of youth of Ladakh UT in J&K Bank recruitment, all main markets remain shut.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Kargil and other major towns and tehsil headquarters. Work in Government offices was also affected. The strike call was supported by the leaders of different political parties and religious organizations.

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A leader of All India Kargil Ladakh Student Union, Jammu, hailing from district Kargil said that the strike was called in support of their demands, including declaring results of District Service Selection Recruitment Board (DSSR) and allowing youths of the UT to appear in Jammu and Kashmir Bank (JKB) recruitment examination.
He said the DSSR has failed to declare the results for different posts though interview has been held last year. ”We cannot apply for different vacant posts in JKB”, he said adding that either the examination for recruitment in the bank should be postponed till our eligibility or some share should be reserved for youths of Ladakh.
Expressing their support to strike call by students, District Kargil president of the BJP Mohammad Ali Majaz, DCC Kargil and Imam Khomani Trust, Anjuman-e-Sofia Noorbakshia Kargil and the Kargil unit of the Ladakh Buddhist Association said the issues raised by the students are genuine and Government should resolve them immediately.
Meanwhile, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Chairman, Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, also expressed concern over non-inclusion of youths of Ladakh in JKB recruitment drive.
He questioned as to why the bank recruitments have been limited only to domicile of J&K UT only when people of Ladakh have equally contributed to development of the bank for decades. He said he has written to Advisor to Governor UT Ladakh Umang Narula and chairman of JKB.
In Leh, student unions of Ladakh supported by Merchant Association Leh, religious organizations and political parties observed half day Bandh in to protest against J&K Bank recruitment policy. All the shops including restaurant remained shut down for half day in support of the Bandh call.
Talking to media Student’s representative, LEAF Chief Coordinator Jigmet Paljor said that J&K Bank should have made alternate arrangement to accommodate applicants from UT Ladakh or should have postponed it further till domicile law comes into effect in UT Ladakh. He also added that they will approach the court of law to fight for the J&K Bank aspiring students and Chairman of both Hill Councils agreed to bear the court fee expenses.
Meanwhile, J&K Bank Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) RK Chhibber stated that Bank will initiate a recruitment drive for filling up posts of PO and BA for Ladakh as well.
“The bank shall shortly come up with a notification after meeting all regulatory norms and launch a special recruitment drive for Ladakh UT as well”, the CMD said and added that those candidates from Ladakh who have already applied for the posts advertised in 2018 would not be required to apply again.