STATE TIMES NEWS
JAMMU: Alleging that another most obnoxious doze of discrimination had been administered to Jammu region by the present regime, Harsh Dev Singh, JKNPP Chairman and former Minster, pointed out towards the 76 posts of works supervisors advertised for filling up in Public Works Deptt (R&B) all for Kashmir Division.
He said that the advertisement issued by the J&K SSB provides that 76 posts of works supervisors for Kashmir Division shall be filled up through a written test with eligibility criteria of matric pass or its equivalent from any recognized Board or University and ITI certificate in Building construction or carpentry trade.
“While works supervisors post has been made a divisional cadre post and 76 such posts allotted to Kashmir Division not a single post has been advertised for Jammu Division thus once again depriving the already discriminated and incarcerated region of Jammu. While the Agriculture Deptt had assured withdrawal of notification with respect to posts of Agricultural Assistants and others when Jammu region was allotted mere 20 such posts against 136 for Kashmir, it was ironical that ongoing process for selection of works supervisors failed to attract the attention of authorities concerned. It was unfortunate to find the BJP leaders acting as mute spectators in the face of the extremely hostile treatment doled out to Jammu region. None of the BJP leaders had bothered to come out of their hiding despite a massive outrage having sparked in Jammu with the ITI trained youth of Jammu taking to streets and protesting for a due share to the Jammu region in the said posts so advertised. Where are those who nailed anyone and everyone on the drop of hat in the name of neglect of Jammu region? Where are they who ascended the throne of power by getting all 25 seats of MLAs besides both seats of Parliament from Jammu region? The BJP’s conduct has surely bolstered the narrative that it has nothing to do with the aspirations of the people of Jammu region and its only object is to achieve power through hook or crook”, asserted Singh.
Accusing the BJP of having belied the hopes of the people of Jammu region, Singh said that share of Dogra land in services had been abysmally reduced by saffron regime only to gain foothold in Kashmir. Not only were the Dogra youth subjected to grave injustice during BJP-PDP regime but the said biased treatment has been perpetuated thereafter and allowed to continue even post re-organization of state. The first select list released after abrogation of Art 370 in Fire Services Deptt had merely 70 candidates from Jammu region as against 620 selected from Kashmir division. The J&K Bank select list duly finalized by a reputed national level recruitment agency was quashed only for the reason that the share of Jammu region was higher than that of Kashmir.
Likewise, the regularly appointed youth under SRO-24 in Health Deptt belonging to Jammu region were terminated in the most unceremonious manner while allowing their Kashmiri counterparts to continue in such Jobs.
Urging upon the youth of Jammu to unite for seeking an equitable share in services, Singh assured that NPP would stand toe to toe and shoulder to shoulder with the educational, unemployed in their quest for justice.