J&K Passes Controversial Jobs Bill9 April 2010
Times of India
Srinagar: Amid acrimonious scenes, the Jammu and Kashmir assembly on Friday passed a controversial bill that curtails job opportunities for general candidates across the state. While the bill allows an educated youth to apply for government jobs only in one's home district, scheduled caste candidates can apply for government jobs in any of the 22 districts. The trouble started soon after law and parliamentary affairs minister Ali Mohammad Sagar moved an amendment to the Inter-District Recruitment Bill as sought by Panthers Party member Harshdev Singh and Congress member Ashok Kumar. The amendment was required to allow SC and ST to avail of 8% quota across the state. Without inviting leader of opposition Mehbooba Mufti, Speaker Mohmmad Akbar Lone asked Ashok Kumar to speak on the bill. An angry PDP member, Muzaffar Hussain Baigh said, 'It is a gross violation of ethics of the House... the opposition leader has been totally ignored. You are choking the voice of opposition in J&K. It is autocratic,' he said. However, he was overruled by the Speaker. The Speaker then sought a voice vote. 'The Bill is passed,' he said. Exasperated, PDP members rushed towards the podium but were stopped by watch and ward staff and marshals. The MLAs raised slogans favouring a 'complete ban' on such recruitments. For long, people of backward and border areas have complained that vacant posts in their districts are being grabbed by candidates from other districts.