Separatists Reignite Regional Fire In Jammu And Kashmir10 April 2010
Srinagar: Separatists have reignited the Kashmir versus Jammu fire following the passage of controversial job bill that bans the inter-district recruitment baring schedule castes that shall also get eight per cent job reservation quota. “The bill is against the interest of Muslims particularly Kashmiris. The bill is aimed at benefiting particular region at the cost of other. It is our responsibility to oppose any move that will jeopardise the interest of people of Kashmir,” said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat. Under the new amended legislation, only natives will be eligible for the government jobs in their particular districts. Eight per cent of the jobs has been reserved for scheduled castes who will also not be barred from applying for jobs anywhere in the state. The inter-district recruitment issue had dominated the budget session of the assembly with MLAs cutting across party lines of Kupwara district pushing for the ban on the inter-district recruitments. Ruling National Conference and PDP wanted the inter-district bill to be passed without amendments but Congress were against in getting it through in the current form. Congress wanted reservation clause because Jammu has a large population of SCs and they wanted to keep their vote-bank intact while as Muslim dominated valley has negligible population of SCs. PDP wanted the inter-district recruitment banned without any reservation since their strength is in the valley. “Our organisation cannot remain silent to such moves aimed at disempowering the people of Kashmir. Such moves pose greater threat to the identity, future and employment of the people of the Kashmir valley”, Mirwaiz said. The Hurriyat chairman warned that if the government continues with its policies it can trigger a chain reaction. “J&K is a Muslim majority state but Kashmir is being discriminated against and Muslims are intentionally being kept away from government jobs. If government does not mend its ways, the situation can go out of hands,” he said. Dispelling impressions about discrimination, J&K minister for law and parliamentary affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar said the bill was framed keeping in view the interests of every section of society and region. “The bill will go a long way in clearing the apprehensions of the people. It will also serve as a befitting reply to the forces bent on creating division between different sections and regions of the State”, he said. Meanwhile speaker Mohommad Akbar Lone said five mikes costing Rs5.5 lakh were broken by opposition PDP members when they crated ruckus in the assembly on Friday. “Value of each latest sophisticated mike broken by the PDP MLA was Rs1,10,000 each. The loss will be recovered from those MLAs who were involved in breaking these mikes,” an official spokesman quoted Lone as saying.