Recruitment bonanza for Ladakh but no decision by MHA on other demands

LAB, KDA to go ahead with Dec 13 bandh

SSC to fill UT level posts, DC-led Boards for distt cadre

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Dec 10: In a major bonanza for unemployed youth in Ladakh, the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has given nod for initiating recruitment process against all vacancies especially Non-Gazetted cadre and also allocated a total of around 22,000 posts to the Union Territory. The recruitment will start at the level of Staff Selection Commission (SSC) for UT/divisional level posts, Deputy Commissioners-headed agencies for district cadre posts and Subordinate Services Board for Police.

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“To begin with 1031 posts have been identified for UT/divisional level for which recruitment will be conducted by the SSC in the months of March and April after completion of formalities during winters while 800 posts have been earmarked for district level (both Leh and Kargil) which will be filled by the Deputy Commissioners-led District Boards as per the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Act,” official sources told the Excelsior.
They said the recruitment will get pace as all pre-requisites including Recruitment Rules, Reservation Rules and Residentship Certificate have been issued and apportionment of posts from Jammu and Kashmir to the Union Territory of Ladakh has also been completed.
The UT of Ladakh has been allocated a total of 19878 posts in apportionment from the UT of Jammu and Kashmir. At the same time, it has been allocated 2839 more posts. It will have around 22,000 posts which are reportedly highest in any Union Territory compared to population ratio.
“Every second house in the UT of Ladakh will have a Government employee,” the officials said.
They added that still, the UT has to receive 104 Gazetted and 382 Non-Gazetted posts for which the correspondence is on which will take total number of posts in Ladakh to 23,000. Apportionment of 3369 employees is pending for which verification is on.
However, as far as Rules for Gazetted Services are concerned, they are being sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs which will approve them shortly, sources said.
Recently, the MHA reviewed status of posts and vacancies in Ladakh in which the SSC was asked to start recruitment on 1031 posts for UT/divisional level while it was decided that the district cadre posts will be filled up by the District Boards headed by the Deputy Commissioners which are already functional under the Hill Council Act. Around 800 posts will be filled at the district level immediately while more posts will be available after promotion of the serving staff.
“Posts have been identified and formalities completed for their filling up,” sources said.
Ladakh Services Subordinate Board will fill up 213 posts in the Police Department, they added and said process for recruitment in Jammu and Kashmir Bank Limited is also on. Nearly 290 posts have been stayed by the High Court and the Government is pursuing the case legally.
In another significant decision, the Ladakh administration has decided to give two years age relaxation to the youth in recruitment on the ground that no posts could be advertised during last two years after Ladakh was separated from Jammu and Kashmir and was made a Union Territory.
However, the Leh Apex Body (LAB) and Kargil Democratic Alliance (KDA) are not satisfied with just recruitment process and have decided to go ahead with bandh call for December 13.
Though initiation of recruitment for 10,000 to 12,000 vacancies in Ladakh pending for last two years was one of the demands of the Apex Body and Alliance, their three major demands remained as it is as the Union Home Ministry has neither invited them for talks nor set up any Committee to hold negotiations with them.
Four major demands of the Apex Body and Democratic Alliance include Statehood to Ladakh, Sixth Schedule like Constitutional safeguards for the people, two Lok Sabha seats–one each for Leh and Kargil districts and one Rajya Sabha seat.
Leaders of both the bodies announced that they will go ahead with the strike call including Chaka Jam on December 13.