The youth of
J&K have consistently raised the voices against the anti-youth job policy in
vogue for the last four years. But it seems, no one in the administration is
bothered to even listen to their genuine concern. The youth of J&K have
always suffered due to the absurd and unjustifiable policies of J&K government.
A similar iniquitous policy was framed in June 2015 by then PDP-BJP Government
which has adversely affected the dignity, honour and social setup of employees
recruited under it. SRO 202 is a gross injustice to employees who are facing
the brunt of such policies while government has absolutely no satisfactory
reason to issue such orders.
The scene of
the policy is that a candidate selected for a government service will get only
basic pay for the first five years of his or her service. They will be devoid
of their right of getting different allowances during this period. Also, they
will not be entitled to New Pension Scheme (NPS) benefits for the timeframe.
It is most
unfortunate that the youth who have doctorate, post graduate and professional
degrees are petted against such policies as a reward to the hard work of their
academic career spanning over 20 years. Such employees get selected through
JKPSC and JKSSB where the the success rate is just 2-5%.
policy selective for non-gazetted cadre posts and certain gazetted posts shows
its unequal behaviour, absurdness and nonsensicalness. Some government
institutes like Jammu & Kashmir High Court, Kashmir University are not
enforcing any rule of the SRO 202. There is no uniformity at all. But irony is
that rich are made richer and poor poorer. They just doubled the salary of MLAs
at the same time to ensure maximum turnout for themselves and leaving the issue
of working staff brooding over the shelf.
efficient youth in trouble for their sake is no less than a turmoil. And I
remember when the candidates would frequently pressurise the government to
scrap the policy, they would utterly eulogise that it was meant to curb the
financial crunch in J&K and where not you already acknowledged with the
terms and conditions of your job. Such imprudent and hypocritical character of
policy makers was always disheartening besides taking off their belief on democratic institutions.
has inflicted vigour of corruption and nepotism in the minds of new employees. The
mark of disloyalty with their service will touch new heights and they do have a
solid reason for it and that is ignorance of the government. When they are not
treated with equal pay as their old counterparts, the have started the other
mediums of earning on the same table. ‘Right to Equality’ has been shattered
deeply. The Supreme Court judgment ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ has been rendered
meaningless with negligible application here. In short this policy has been a
bruise over the policies of the governance. Moreover, according to the rules of
this ordinance any recruitment made under it must be completed within a period
of three months and appointment order to be issued within 15 days from the date
of issuance of selection list. The government posts are supposed to be filled on
fast-track basis. But they failed here too as almost all the selections done
under this policy took more than one and half years on average to complete and
appointment orders also were issued accordingly with same sluggish speed and
took two to three months for formal appointment orders for all the
the financial burden, it is very meagre almost negligible with respect to total
financial implications of J&K. Till now merely ten thousand appointments
have been made under this policy. With implementation of seventh pay commission,
the difference in salary between SRO 202 employees and their Non SRO 202
counterparts has been severely reduced and is ranging between four thousand and
six thousand. So increasing these few thousand rupees for some ten thousand
employees has very less financial implications for the government.
must come to the rescue of the career of faithful and hardworking employees and
the removal of this policy is the only way out. Both students and impacted employees
expect that Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu who is talking much of corruption,
transparency and equal opportunities for all will come to their rescue.
author is a teacher in Department of Education and can be reached at