Relaxation in CAPF jobs extended to entire J&K22 April 2011
The Daily Excelsior
JAMMU: The Union Home Ministry today decided to extend the benefits of height and chest relaxation to all three regions-Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for recruitment in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) including Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Border Security Force (BSF) etc besides the Assam Rifles. The order was likely to set at rest the controversy surrounding Dogra certificate in the State. An order issued today by Union Ministry of Home Affairs and signed by its Director (Personnel) Ajay K Singh said that the relaxation in chest and height, which was earlier applicable to Kashmir, Leh and Ladakh regions of J&K besides Dogra, would now be applicable to residents of entire State. The minimum height would be 165 cms for male candidates and 155 cms for females for recruitment in CAPFs and Assam Rifles for the youth of entire J&K now. The minimum chest will be 78 cms (minimum 5 cms expansion). The minimum height for all Scheduled Tribe candidates will be 162.5 cms for male candidates and 150 cms for females. The minimum chest for male ST candidates will be 76 cms (minimum 5 cms expansion). Without naming the Dogra certificate, the Home Ministry order referred to certain orders pertaining to the issue of certificates in Jammu region, which were issued by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir on 25.3.2011 and 7.4.2011while extending relaxation in chest and height relaxation to the entire State. 'The proposal to amend the extant orders of the MHA is being put in public domain at the Home Ministry’s website www.mha.gov.in. The proposal is also being communicated to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir and after obtaining views of the State Government, final orders would be issued shortly’’, the order said. It added that following amendment in the MHA order replacing the word Kashmir and Leh & Ladakh regions with the State of Jammu and Kashmir, all sections of the people in the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir will be benefited. 'Jammu and Kashmir now will be at par with States like Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura as far as relaxed eligibility conditions are concerned’’, the MHA order said. It added that there were extant orders issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India providing for relaxation in height and chest in the case of certain States-regions as well as certain communities. So far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, the eligibility conditions had been relaxed for Kashmir region and Leh and Ladakh regions, it said. 'As the Central Government desired to recruit more persons to the CAPFs from Jammu and Kashmir, there is a case for relaxing eligibility conditions for all candidates from Jammu and Kashmir. The Government of India hoped that the relaxation of eligibility conditions for all candidates in entire J&K would be welcomed by all sections of the people of the State’’, it added. The MHA said the CAPFs like CRPF and BSF etc had stepped-up the level of recruitment during last two years in Jammu and Kashmir. While in 2009, 1109 constables were recruited in CAPF from Jammu and Kashmir, the number of recruitments went up to 2309 in 2010. Sources said today’s order of the Home Ministry would supercede the previous orders dated 11.1.2011, 9.2.2011 and 4.4.2011.In its January order, the MHA had announced relaxation for residents from Kashmir region and Leh and Ladakh regions under the geographical criteria while extending the same relaxation for Dogra people under the ethnic tribe community. In the Legislative Assembly’s budget session in March, Revenue Minister Raman Bhalla had mooted Dogra certificates. However, the proposal led to angry reaction from separatists and even some mainstream political parties, which alleged that this was a clear attempt to divide the State. Sources said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had also asked the Centre to amend its order and extend the relaxation to the people from Jammu and Kashmir rather than putting them under different categories of geographical terrains and ethnic categories. Besides Dogra, other ethnic tribes to whom the facility for relaxation in height and chest expansion was available, included Garhwalis, Kumaons, Gorkhas and Marathas. Sources said with the extension of chest and height relaxation facility in the entire State of Jammu and Kashmir by the Union Home Ministry in modification of previous orders, the issue of Dogra certificate was likely to be resolved.