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Urdu must for SBI Clerical in J&K; A case of Selective requirement?

Jammu, May 5: The recruitment Notice by SBI for the post of Junior Associates and junior agricultural associates in clerical cadre vide its advertisement No. CRPD/CR/2016-17/01, has made Urdu a mandatory language for the new recruits. This is keeping in terms with a requirement that the candidates must know the official language of the State.

The candidates from Jammu, this time have no issues with the introduction of Urdu in the exam as they did during the exam for Naib Tehsildar. This is because there are no seats for candidates from Jammu division.

As per the advertisement, 188 posts have been advertised only  for two regions of the State including Kashmir valley and Ladakh, ignoring Jammu. The candidates should be proficient (reading, writing, speaking and understanding) the official language of Jammu and Kashmir which is Urdu.

The minorities from Kashmir in exile for 27 years cannot apply for the exam as they do not know the official language.

Why has the bank been selective in debarring the candidates from Jammu is unclear and on top of this the addition of Urdu as a requirement for candidates from J&K is akin to striking the last nail in the coffin.

The notification was similar even in 2013 and had been opposed by multiple organization throughout the state and the notification was replaced with a new one.

“A similar notice again raises many questions as the staff shortage in State Bank of India is widely known,” said a state bank of India employee who did not wish to be named.

The employee further added, “The requirement of knowledge of Urdu is in fact baffling as everything is online and banking today is done in English or Hindi.”