Responding to a query by the BJP MLA, Mr Sat Paul Sharma, the then Minister for Finance , Labour , Employment and Culture , Dr Haseeb Drabu in a written reply informed the Legislative Assembly (LA) on 31st March 2015 that during 2013-14 and 2014-15 around 4.67 Lakh unemployed youth including 1154 doctors, 24,611 engineers and 22,706 postgraduates registered with employment exchange programme. This certifies that the total unemployed youth population may not be less than 7 to 8 Lakh. Besides this there are many under-employed and exploited youth in J&K ,like those working in the private sector at meagre wages of Rs.3000 to 4000 per month. The need for employment has always been exploited by those who hold the reins of command. Elected governments by in the name of ambitious employment programmes have instead provided provided inhuman policies, as was done by Omar Abdullah lead NC-Cong government by issuing order No 257 F of 2011 on 27 Oct 2011, laying down Modalities for an unfixed salary for the Non-Gazetted categories against a fixed salary mode against class-IV, III / other Non-gazetted posts. Though withdrawn by the Omar Abdullah led Government in 2014 in view of the 2014 November / December, J&K Legislative Assembly elections, this policy was once again renewed through SRO 202, dated 30-06-2015, issued by the order of the Governor J&K, in exercise to the powers conferred by Section-124 of J&K Constitution on the advice of the Muftti Sayeed lead PDP-BJP Government thereby making Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Rules, 2015 in which during a period of first five years, the appointee ( all non-gazetted posts and some nominated gazetted posts) shall be entitled to the wages equivalent to the minimum o scale of pay along with the grade pay applicable to the post against which he/she is appointed but without any entitlement to annual increments, Dearness Allowance, House Rent Allowance and City Compensatory Allowance for first five years. This way the government is exploiting the unemployed needy youth by denying them DA, CCA, HRA, and annual increments that account for about 150% of the basic grade pay at todays (2016) norms for 5 years. Such harsh policies are slowly opening narrow door for the private employers offering minimum wages. Imagine under the new wage policy 2015 a government employee who will be now appointed within the pay scale of sayRs 9300 -34800 with a grade pay of Rs3400 , So he will get just Rs. 12700/pm for five years as against the earlier due of around Rs.31500 /pm.
Section 124 ( Recruitment and conditions of service of persons serving the State ) of J&K Constitution lays down that subject to the provisions of this Constitution, the Legislature may by law regulate the recruitment, and conditions of services of persons appointed to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the State: Provided that it shall be competent for the Governor, or such person as he may direct, to make rules regulating the recruitment, and the conditions of service of person appointed, to such services and posts until provision, in that behalf is made by or under an Act of the Legislature under this section and any rules so made shall have effect subject to the provisions of any such Act. The contents of Section-124 of J&K Constitution very clearly state that the Recruitment and conditions of services of people serving the State have to be dealt with in a very considerate, judicious and serious manner whereas what the governments have been doing so far by revising the conditions for appointment and service of the government servants as regards the recruitments, regularisation, wages, pension and retirement age had been more based on the whims of individuals and vote bank politics thereby by proving to be more damaging to the ultimate interests of both the new recruits as well as the state exchequer.
Governor N. N. Vohra has no political or personal stakes, as well as he has a very committed team of advisors consisting of Mr. ParvezDewan and Mr. Khursheed Ahmed Ganai to to support him. Now the opportunity lies with the State Administrative Council, comprising of the Governor as its Chairman and his Advisors as the Members, with the Chief Secretary B R Sharma there as Secretary to the Council to apply corrections by scraping the faulty policies like SRO 202 date 30-06-2015 ( Jammu and Kashmir Special Recruitment Rules, 2015 ) issued in 2015 by order of the Governor. Denying the new appointees, for the first five years, the right to annual increments, dearness allowance (DA), house rent allowance (HRA) , city compensatory allowance (CCA) is sheer injustice.
There is a must need for the civil society as well as the Saviours of Justice to take notice of such policies where a person employed earlier on the same job, doing the same work is paid nearly 2.5 times than what the new employee is paid.Not only this even the government policy for denying superannuation pension to those employed after 2009 laid down by the Omar Abdullah lead NC- Congress government too needs to be reviewed,rather slashed down.Since this policy is both against the interests of the State as well as the people. As far as the State is concerned such a change in policies is sure to affect the commitment of an employee towards the public cause. The Government employee unions have not agitated over these policies yet because the control of the unions lies with those who were employed before 2010 and they will get pension.Imagine a government employee who retired in mid 1990s may be in 2016 getting pension equal to say 2.5 times the total salary he was drawing then, can the contributory provident fund scheme match such pensioner provision? No not at all! Such policies should have been debated in legislature before being drafted. The unemployed job seekers have no alternative than to accept these exploitations but the Governorrun administration can review these blunders and apply corrections through Governors ordinance. The present governors rule should grant the state employees justice.
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