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|UKPC says Employment Package not acceptable if conditional
Jammu (India) January 6, 2009
Report & images by Raman Raina
nited Kashmiri Pandit Council (UKPC), an newly formed amalgam of eight Kashmiri Pandit organization have rejected the employment package announced by the state government.
They have urged the government to first lift the conditions put on the employment package which would made Pandits "Slaves" of majority community.
Addressing a press conference, Veer Saraf and other members of the front alleged that nearly 3000 posts announced by the government should not carry any conditions and normal employment rules should be applicable for the same.
"Why is there condition that pandit youth will have to give undertaking that he will not seek transfer, and he will lose job in case he left his place of posting", said Veer Saraf, senior member of Roots in Kashmir.
It is pertinent to mention here that Omar Abdullah led government recently approved reservation of 3,000 government jobs for migrant youths, in a first step towards rehabilitation in the valley. These jobs will be in the Departments of Education, Social Welfare, Relief Organisation, Engineering, Finance, Tourism, Health and Revenue in Kashmir Division.
"We are not against returning back to valley, but it should not be dictated by narrow political considerations. We want dignified return", said Sunil Fotedar, president Vision Kashmir, a youth organization. S.K Bhat another pandit leader said that government should increase the relief benefits so that those who are dependent on it are able to survive. While the KP leaders associated with various political parties like National Conference and Congress hailed the announcement by saying that it will pave way for the return and rehabilitation, but majority of the displaced people have apprehensions about the scheme.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on April 25, 2008, announced a Rs 1,618 crore package for the relief and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits to the "land of their grandfathers and great grandfathers with dignity", and officials said that it was the first step in this regard. In all 6,000 jobs are to be reserved. Kashmiri Hindu youth can apply for government jobs in the open category as well.
As per the notification, the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board shall be the selection authority for making recruitment or selection to the non-gazetted posts.
|Raman Raina is Shehjar's Chief Photo Journalist based in Jammi, India.
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