Reserved category member to be in each district selection board, suggests Cabinet Panel

The Cabinet Sub Committee that has been constituted to look into the recruitment policy to bring further changes has recommended for having a member of the reserved category in the district selection board in each district.

One of the recommendations the CSC has approved is that a member from the reserved category will be member of each district selection board, so that balance can be  ensured in the recruitment process, as told by sources. The recommendation was made in a recently held meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

The sources privy to this meeting said that one of the BJP leaders and Forest Minister Bali Bhagat suggested that each recruiting district board should have a Scheduled Caste (SC) member. However, the suggestion was argued by many, as many districts in Kashmir barely have any presence of SC and hence it will be difficult to look for a member from the category.

In April, the new recruitment policy was approved by the Mufti led government, suggesting seven years of contractual job. The suggestion mustered a lot of resentment from the various sectors, including the unemployed youth, former officials, political parties and experts. The Mufti government then constituted a CSC headed by the Deputy Chief Minister too further review the policy.

The CSC, which had met thrice after its formation, has incorporated a few changes in the recruitment policy. The CSC recommended reduction of seven years’ contractual job to five years before regularisation. According to an official spokesman, the committee finalised the draft on Monday after discussing the suggestions put forth by different members. The draft will soon be placed before the Cabinet for final consideration and approval.