April 2006 News

CDA abolishes Northern Areas job quota

2 April 2006
The Daily Times
Ibrahim Shahid

Gilgit: The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has abolished job quota for Northern Areas (NA) in CDA. The authority advertised various posts in the media but candidates from NA would not be able to apply for these posts, said Muhammad Afzal, the president of the Northern Areas Employees Welfare Association. The Establishment Division in Islamabad, vide office memorandum No F.8-9-72-TRV dated August 31 1973, had fixed a four percent job quota in federal government departments for Northern Areas and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and two percent for Azad Jammu and Kashmir Kashmir. Afzal said the CDA had advertised 354 posts for the Fire Headquarters on regular basis and the last date to submit application was April 3, 2006 and only two posts of telephone-wireless operator were reserved for the AJK and Northern Areas. He said the job quota of Northern Areas was with FATA and not with the AJK. Afzal said their association also wrote to the deputy director general (Admin) of the CDA to remind him about the job quota fixed by the federal government and “discrimination” against the people of Northern Areas. He claimed there were a large number of people from Northern Areas who were qualified in fire training course, but due to this discrimination, they were unable to apply for the job. He said on their application, the CDA administration said that there was no difference between Northern Areas and FATA. Afzal said Northern Areas was a separate entity and that it had nothing to do with FATA. Afzal said due to this tendency on the part of the CDA, the other federal government departments would also not consider candidates from Northern Areas and that it would be a great discrimination against them. He demanded the federal government ensure the implementation of job quota.


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