TAKES UP ISSSUE WITH SONIA, HM, FM
Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Chief, Saifudding Soz has moved a proposal to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, asking him to grant special 5 year exception in Cadre Allocation Policy for favour of youth of J&K qualifying civil services exams. The state Congress President has also taken up the issue with UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid.
“I have taken the issue vociferously with the central government and the Congress President Madam Sonia Gandhi so that youth from the state are encouraged to take up civil services which would further the interests of National Integration. It is also important as Kashmiri youth have a lot of emotional attachment with their home land”, Prof Soz said while talking to KNS. He added the some civil services qualifiers are even thinking of relinquishing their services after they were not allotted the home state Cadre.
“We want the local youth of the state should be allocated home state cadre and for that a special policy has to be devised to provide special concession to JK students. This would strengthen peace and remove imbalance in the administration as mostly officers from outside are posted in the state”, he said and added that such a step would further strengthen local administration as local youth understand culture and sensibilities of the state better than outsiders. Prof Soz said apart from writing to the Prime Minister he has met Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, Home Minister SUshil Kumar Shinde and External Affaris Minister Salman Khurshid who have assured him to their support in this regard.
“I explained to Madam Gandhi that that this positive phenomenon of more and more youth getting attracted to a path of peace and prosperity needs to be maintained and promoted. Explaining details to Madam Gandhi, I said that while as from 1990 to 2009 Kashmir Valley produced only two RR IAS and Two IPS Officers, the record number of 13 candidates, (3) three of them women made it to the UPSC Civil Services 2012, with eight (8) successful candidates from Kashmir valley alone. I told Madam Gandhi that I have it clear to Hon’ble Prime Minister that out of the authorized Cadre strength of 133 for IAS only (five) 5 Kashmiris made it as direct recruits from 1960 to 2009. Explaining further, I brought it to the notice of Madam Gandhi that current Cadre allocation policy of IAS, IPS & IFoS ignores requirement to the J&K State and adequate number of Insider vacancies are not being referred to DoPT. I also said that the proposed exceptional treatment in Cadre Allocation Policy for J&K for, atleast, for a period of five years, can reform the present imbalance in the system of administration. Madam Gandhi assured me of her support to the proposal with the Prime Minister. Earlier last evening I met Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and External Affairs Minister Salman Khursheed and sought their support to this proposal”, Prof Soz said in a statement to KNS.In his letter to the Prime Minister, Soz writes: “As a temporary but special dispensation for Jammu and Kashmir State for a period of five years where all such candidates who opt for JK Cadre should be allotted to home cadre. Or, at least, 04 insider vacancies for IAS, IPS, IFoS should be notified by DoPT every years so that as many insider candidates are allotted to Home State. J&K being a depleted cadre twin advantage of improving the governance as well as strengthening the federal bonds between Delhi and Srinagar” adding ““As a temporary but special dispensation for Jammu and Kashmir State for a period of five years where all such candidates who opt for JK Cadre should be allotted to home cadre. Or, at least, 04 insider vacancies for IAS, IPS, IFoS should be notified by DoPT every years so that as many insider candidates are allotted to Home State. J&K being a depleted cadre twin advantage of improving the governance as well as strengthening the federal bonds between Delhi and Srinagar. He further writes, “On the basis of CSE 2012, four (4) candidates from the state are like to join IAS and 03 candidates have been selected for IPS. It will be appropriate if at least 04 insider general vacancies are notified for IAS and 04 for IPS so that all these youngsters can be accommodated in the Home Cadre. “It is a surprising but disappointing fact that one Kashmiri youngster who joined IPS in 2011 is at the verge of quitting the service just because he was not allotted to JK Cadres. Pertinent, the said candidates belongs to Shopian District of Kashmir Valley – the same place which was the epicentre of massive bloody agitation in 2010. He could have emerged as an asset but we seem to have squandered a great opportunity if he opts out the service merely because of not being given an opportunity to serve in Kashmir. While this tendency may appear anomalous the sentiment behind it needs to be accommodated.”, reads the letter written to the Prime Minister by Prof Saifudding Soz. (KNS)