Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) President Altaf Bukhari on Friday said the new recruitment rules for class-IV jobs notified by the J&K government were “completely prejudicial in nature” and should be rolled back and modified in accordance with the standard rules governing the recruitment processes across the country.
In a statement, Bukhari castigated the administration for handling such a sensitive issue in a “causal and mundane manner” which was not only detrimental to the interests of lakhs of unemployed youth but were fraught with dangerous ramifications for peace and progress.
“In the new recruitment rules, the administration has incorporated SRO-202 clauses which are not only obsolete but brazenly, unconstitutional in nature. The five-year probation instead of two years with denial of increments is totally against the right to equality enjoyed by all other citizens across the country except for the residents of J&K,” Bukhari said, while urging for personal intervention of the Union Home Minster into the matter.
He said the SRO 202 was formulated by the previous elected government under the constitution of erstwhile state of J&K, which presently stands revoked.
“Since the Indian constitution and law is directly applicable to Jammu and Kashmir, how can SRO 202 be still valid in such a situation? The government of India cannot have double standards for residents of J&K while the citizens in all others states enjoy equal rights under the constitution of the country. This contradiction needs to be alleviated, sooner the better,” he said.
He questioned the J&K government’s stand on the report submitted by the Law Commission headed by Justice (retd) MK Hanjura who had recommended reduction in probation period from five years to two years for employees recruited under SRO-202 since its notification in 2015.
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