Jammu, 21st April, 2015
In a row against the new recruitment policy of Jammu and Kashmir Govt., the members of SC/ST and OBC communities under the aegis of All India Confederation of SC/ST/OBC organizations staged a protest here today at Press Club Jammu. The leaders of confederation termed this move of State Govt. as an attempt to deprive Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Backward Classes and other reserved classes of their constitutionally guaranteed right of reservation in employment.
Addressing the protestors, R.K.Kalostra, State President of Confederation impressed upon Govt. to either roll back from the new recruitment policy or implement the provisions of SC/ST/OBC reservation therein the recruitment policy framework. Otherwise, the confederation will take this to the street and launch statewide agitation. He further said that successive Govt. has deplored the interests of these communities at all fronts. “With the formation of new coalition Govt., the communities were having hopes in getting due benefit of the reservation but by bringing this ultravires recruitment policy, the present Govt. has doubled the negative approach of previous Govt. towards the SC/ST/OBC communities” Said Kalsotra.
He also disclosed that the reserved categories have already suffered a loss of more than 60000 posts against already regularized posts which were initially filled on contractual, adhoc and temporary basis in shapes of RET, REZ, SPO, Aganwadi workers, temporary appointment in PHE, PDD and rural development department and other public sectors undertakings and corporations. Instead of clearing the huge backlog, the Govt. has unfortunately moved to bring new recruitment policy which will have no reservation provision.
Kalsotra appealed the community ministers, legislators, social activists and leaders of various other organization to join hands to struggle against playing with the rights of these downtrodden classes.
Dr. Zabeer Ahmed Bajjar, a tribal leader while speaking on the occasion said that it is now litmus test for present Govt. and in case the recruitment policy will be enforced in present form will unravel its poll promises of symapathies for reserved classes. He cautioned the Govt. to revisit the new recruitnment policy to protect and safeguard their interests otherwise these communities will be forced to adopt agitational path.
Majid Malik of other backward classes called for implementation of 27% reservation for OBCs as per Mandal Commission.
Among many others who spoke on the occasion were Sham Lal Basson, C.L.Banal, Vijay Atri, Kali Dass, Harban Loach, Roshan Lal Choudhary, Javed Watal, Rajinder Singh, Romesh Bitty and Sandokh Chand