Srinagar, November 07: J&K Peoples Movement Vice President Advocate Syed Iqbal Tahir has criticised BJP for its double standards in J&K.
“The Haryana government led by BJP a few days back passed the Haryana State Employment of Local Candidates Bill, 2020 which aims to provide 75% reservation to local candidates applying to private-sector jobs in the state that pay less than Rs 50,000 per month. But here in J&K they abrogated the Article 35A and replaced the state subject land by domicile rules thereby facilitating outsiders to take up employment in government jobs in J&K. This shows their doublespeak”, Iqbal Tahir said.
Strongly criticising BJP, Iqbal Tahir said until last year, J&K enjoyed a special status under the constitutional provisions of Article 370 and 35A, which didn’t allow anyone from the rest of India to obtain domicile status there. This meant outsiders couldn’t apply for jobs in the local government or own property there. But with the illegal abrogation of the special status, the situation has completely changed for worse.
“Within a month of the abrogation of the special status of J&K, the then Governor had announced that 50,000 vacant government posts would be filled in the next few months, where are those jobs? Iqbal Tahir questioned”.
He further said that the unemployment rate in J&K stood at 15.89 per cent in 2019, making it one of the worst performers on the job generation front which has turned worse after the change in state subject law. While in BJP ruled states they want to even reserve private jobs for locals, here in J&K they opened up the only meagre government jobs to outsiders.