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Kashmiri Migrants continue to be an unheard voice, a saga with immense pain and agony, struggling to meet up with the dreams of homeland and sustenance. The reason being a simple one : Kashmiri Migrants are not a vote bank. The hopes of the old, dreams of the young & future of the children, all seems a dull prescience. It has been a decade since the announcement of a “Roti-Kapda-Makaan” package for Kashmiri Migrants  by the government but unfortunately it has not been fully implemented till date.

Much to the surprise of thousands of Kashmiri Migrant Job Aspirants, a bunch of 1500 odd posts under PM Special Employment Package for Kashmiri Migrants was advertised by the JKSSB in Nov. 2017, under Advt. No. 04/2017. Thousands applied and fortunately the process continued transparently, smoothly & quickly, thanks to the then Chairman of JKSSB, Sh. Simrandeep Singh. Computer Based Tests for different posts were conducted in the month of April 2018. The shortlisted candidates were called to JKSSB Office in Srinagar for the verification of different documents. The verification of documents had completed by the 3rd week of July 2018. As the said recruitment was covered under Fast Track Recruitment Policy of the government, it was expected that the Selection Lists would be released soon but nothing such happened.

Even some exams which were postponed in April 2018 due to a strike, have not be rescheduled till date. The CBT for the post of Motor Vehicle Inspector was conducted with other tests in the month of April 2018 but it was later quashed by JKSSB, reason being an out of syllabus question paper. The test for Motor Vehicle Inspector has not been rescheduled due to a pending case in Hon’ble High Court. The authorities must take a look at the plight of waiting candidates and must work towards the disposal to case related to the recruitment of Motor Vehicle Inspector, so that the aspirants are benefitted at large.

The candidates who had appeared in Typing Tests for the post of Junior Assistants in different departments are also in gloom. After conducting the Typing Tests in the 1st quarter of 2018, JKSSB neither released the list of qualified candidates nor scheduled the subsequent test of the qualified candidates. Authorities must take a step forward towards the recruitment so that the affliction of the aspirants is subsidised.

It is pertinent here to mention that the Kashmiri Migrants are being provided these jobs under SRO-412. Considering the Socio-Economical parameters of the non-migrant Pandits residing in the Valley, government had extended the benefits of SRO412 towards the non-migrant Pandits in the Valley under SRO-425. It was aimed to put an end to the continuous migration of Pandits from the Valley. Unfortunately SRO-425 is being challenged in the Hon’ble High Court.

The Writ Court in its ad interim order dated 14-Dec-2017, had temporarily directed the authorities not to make any appointments under the SRO-425. On 23-March 2018, The Division Bench of High Court upheld the order of Writ Court dated 14-Dec-2017 without interfering in it. Reportedly it is being ascertained that the ad interim order of 14-Dec-2017, is the root cause in the delay of release of Selection Lists of Advt. 04/2017 and other halted recruitment processes under advt. 04/2017.

The authorities should understand that the Ordinance under the scanner is SRO-425 and the candidates of SRO-425, who have qualified the tests are only a handful in number compared to thousands of candidates of SRO-412. It is utter injustice to the candidates of SRO-412 if their selection is halted because of the petition over SRO-425.

The authorities must come forward with the Selection Lists of the eligible candidates under SRO-412 and till the petition over SRO-425 is being heard in the Hon’ble High Court, JKSSB can keep the recommendation of the SRO-425 candidates withheld citing the genuine reason of pending petition in the court of justice. And it is not a new concept. It is a regular practice of JKSSB to keep the recommendation of a candidate withheld, if the eligibility of the said candidate is not fulfilled.

Also the authorities should try to solve the matter effectively for an early disposal of the petition challenging SRO-425, so that that the candidates are benefitted. The poor financial condition of the migrant families in Jammu & different parts of the country should be realised and action be initiated for the betterment of all the Migrant Families and the Educated Unemployed Youth in particular.

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