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Discrimination needs to end
6/3/2020 11:20:44 PM

The massive recruitment drive announced by the government is a welcome move, but voices to revoke the SRO-202 are becoming shriller. This SRO treats new employees on probation for five years and makes them work on a meagre salary during this period.
Prima-facie this SRO appears discriminatory as the new employees are made to do equal work on the lesser wages while their counterparts do the same work on higher wages. This SRO needs to go. The employees who have been appointed during the past few years have been grappling with the issue of less wages and more work. Many people in Jammu and Kashmir expect the UT administration to end this injustice.
Employees are important for any government to function. Their genuine issues should be addressed to make things work smoothly.
With the transition of the erstwhile State of Jammu and Kashmir into a Union Territory many changes have taken place. The new employees are hoping that the change would help them also and they would be brought at par with others.
The appointments which were made by the political regimes in the past years were mostly based on the political recommendations and were aimed at accommodating the people, who were affiliated to someone or other.
After the fall of PDP-BJP government in 2018 many such appointments which were not made on the basis of merit came to fore which led to many lists getting cancelled. But the people who had been selected due to their hard work were made to suffer for none of their faults.
In Jammu and Kashmir government job is considered to be the most prestigious occupation and people do yearn for it. But the politicians during their rule kept these jobs reserved for the people whom they chose which led to state exchequer getting overburdened. In order to balance their acts, these politicians amended the rules and increased the duration of probation period from 6-months to five years and slashed the salaries. The J&K administration is aware about all these facts. The employees who were employed during these years are hoping that the helmsmen would take a note of the injustice which has been done to them in the garb of providing them with a government job. The SRO-202 needs to be revoked and the duration of the probation period should be reduced to end this discrimination once for all.
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