Jammu, July 19: Re-iterating the demand of parity in govt Jobs between the two regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Harsh Dev Singh JKNPP Chairman and Former Minister today accused the BJP govt of having perpetuated the most hostile bias doled out to the educated unemployed youth of Jammu region over the years. With the share of Jammu in public employment declining year after year, the heat in the region was fast transforming into a furnace. This was stated by the NPP Chairman while addressing a press conference in Jammu today.
Harsh Dev said that dogra land had been the worst sufferer in the matter of public employment ever since the BJP ascended the throne of power in 2014. While the BJP-PDP coalition rule witnessed the most hostile discrimination doled out to Jammu region in the matter of govt Jobs, the post Art 370 abrogation era too provided the most glaring examples of bias against the youth of the region.
Reminiscing the unrest amongst the Jammu youth during PDP-BJP coalition regime, Mr. Singh pointed out that regular protests, dharnas and demonstrations were held outside PSC, SSB and other recruitment agencies against the alleged regional bias with the then mandated leaders merely making vague statements in the media without taking any remedial action to rectify the imbalances. He said that the situation worsened after state’s re-organization with Jammu region getting eclipsed and sidelined probably in view of BJP govt’s ambitions to conquer the political landscape in Kashmir. One can’t lose sight of the fact that during the past two years the share of Jammu region in govt Jobs has declined to abysmally low levels with Kashmir continuing to get the focused attention of the rulers. The fist select list issued by Fire Services Deptt had merely 70 candidates from Jammu region as against 620 from Kashmir. The select list of Assistant Professors in clinical Pathology had all selected candidates from Kashmir region. The R&B Deptt had sought filling up of 76 posts of work Supervisors all for Kashmir region with Jammu region having been completely ignored. The Fisheries Deptt had made 304 appointments from Kashmir region with hardly 40 appointments falling in the kitty of Jammu region. The Health Deptt, last year, ordered termination of around 1500 health professionals appointed under SRO-24 while allowing their Kashmir counterparts to continue in office. In the same vein, hundreds of daily rated and casual workers and contractual lecturers of Jammu region were thrown out in the most authoritarian manner in the recent few years thus causing huge resentment amongst the educated unemployed, semi employed and under employed youth of the region. By depriving the Jammu region youth of their due share in employment and appeasing Kashmir the BJP would only antagonize its core constituency without getting anything in the valley. The lotus shall never bloom in Kashmir, cautioned Singh.