SRINAGAR, Nov 6: In order to facilitate the employment of more and more Kashmiri Pandit youth in the government sector, the Jammu & Kashmir government has amended the Jammu & Kashmir Kashmiri Migrants (Special Drive) Recruitment Rules, 2009.
The amendment has come in the form of an SRO and the same has been numbered as SRO 425. The amendment would come as a major relief for the Kashmiri Pandits who did not migrate from the Kashmir valley and stayed back.
The amendment would go a long way in employing the Kashmiri Pandit youth settled in the valley. These people have been moving from pillar to post in seeking employment in the government sector. For years the Kashmiri Pandits settled in valley were demanding for their inclusion in the employment package announced for the displaced Kashmiri Pandits.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by proviso to Section 124 of the Constitution of Jammu and Kashmir, the government hereby makes the following amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Kashmiri Migrants (Special Drive) Recruitment Rules, 2009,” reads the SRO issued by Mohammad Ashraf Mir, Commissioner/Secretary to Government, Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction. The SRO has been issued on October 10, 2017.
The amendments are (1) In sub-rule (1) of rule 1, after the word “migrants”, the sign and words or “Kashmiri Pandits” shall be inserted. (2) In rule 2, the following amendments shall be made; namely:-
“After clause (c) the following clause shall be added” :-“(ca) “Kashmiri Pandit” for the purpose of these rules means a person who belongs to the Kashmiri Pandit family and has not migrated from Kashmir valley after 1st of November, 1989 and is presently residing in the Kashmir valley”.
In clause (e) after the words “to the valley”, the words “and rehabilitation of the Kashmiri Pandits who have stayed back in the valley, shall be added. In clause (f) after the word “Migrants” the sign and word “or Kashmiri Pandits” shall be inserted.
“In rule 5, the following amendments shall be made; namely: – in sub rule (1) after the word “migrant”, the words “or Kashmiri Pandit” shall be added. After sub rule (3) the following sub-rule shall be added; namely: – “(4) The Deputy Commissioner concerned shall be the designated authority for authentication and status of the applicant and shall issue the bona-fide certificate to the candidate to the effect that he/she belongs to a Kashmiri Pandit family, has not migrated from the valley and is presently residing in the concerned district.”
In rule 6, the following amendments shall be made; namely: – for the words “Revenue Department” wherever occurring the words “Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction” shall be substituted. For sub-rule (8), the following sub-rule shall be substituted; namely:-
“(8) For class IV posts and such other non-gazetted posts as may be specified by the Government from time to time, a committee shall be constituted by the Department of Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction for making selection/appointments.”
After sub-rule (8), the following sub-rule shall be added, namely:- “(9) For posts where the rules governing such services/posts provide for different selection authorities other than Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board, the selection/recruitment to such posts shall be made by the concerned authority.”
In the meantime, Hindu Welfare Society Kashmir (HWSK) has expressed satisfaction over the issuance of SRO and said that the same has been possible due to the efforts of Society and other members of Kashmiri Pandit community. HWSK President Chuni Lal said that inclusion of non-migrants in job package would help in addressing the employment issue of the Pandits who stayed back.
Jehangir Rashid | Courtesy