JKWP hails PM Modi for domicile law amendment

Srinagar: The Jammu Kashmir Workers Party (JKWP) has appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to revisit his Kashmir policy while thanking him for making timely amendment to the new laws reserving all jobs for J&K domiciles.

In a statement, the JKWP president, Mir Junaid said “time has come that PM Modi should revisit his Kashmir policy and ensure measures for prosperity of youth and development in the UT for everlasting peace not only in Jammu and Kashmir but entire Indian sub-continent.”

Mir termed the exclusive reservation of jobs for the domiciles of J&K as a goodwill gesture of the PM towards the residents of this UT.

He, however, said that some more amendments “were needed to win the hearts in this region, especially of the youth.”

Mir said making new domiciles eligible for jobs “needs some classification so that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir remain contended with such historic developments.”

“The eligibility for jobs for new domiciles needs to a bit different from that for the already existing residents of JK. We urge central government to allot a certain quota (5 to 10%) for candidates with 10 or more years of domicile and to allocate the remaining for the old natives,” the JKWP said.

Explaining this point further, Junaid said: “There is a need for generation system where fourth generation may be treated at par with the natives and every time a candidate, with 10 or more years of domicile, may be treated as the first generation to avail jobs from 5 to 10 % quota. Or else, it will severely hamper the job opportunities for the natives and will do injustice to their cause.”

Terming SRO 202 a gross injustice and exploitation of JK’s educated youth, Mir sought its complete revocation.

He also appealed the Prime Minister to announce a mega employment package for the youth of J&K who have been victims of unemployment mainly due to decades of “dynastic rule and corruption that deprived them of due share in job openings.”

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