The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), Udhampur, has strongly criticised the state government's decision to include Urdu as a compulsory descriptive paper in the test selection test for naib tehsildar's post and organized a protest on the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Tuesday.
Workers, under the leadership of Aman Sharma, assembled near the Dak bungalow on the highway and raised anti-government slogans.The protest led to a jam on the highway and the police had to resort to a mild lathicharge to disperse the protesters. The detained ABVP workers were later released unconditionally.
ABVP city secretary Arjun Khajuria said, "The police action on peaceful protesters deserves to be condemned and I demand an inquiry into it. The Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) has erred in its decision to include Urdu as a compulsory descriptive paper, bearing 30 marks, in the syllabus of the exam, notified recently."
He claimed that the inclusion of Urdu as a compulsory descriptive paper would impact the final selection list of naib tehsildars.
"Many aspirants to the post of a naib tehsildar do not have knowledge of Urdu as per the SSB syllabus and that, too, in the descriptive mode. This is discriminatory," he said, adding that Urdu was not a compulsory language in J&K like Punjabi in Punjab.
"The imposition of Urdu seems to be a conscious effort to give undue benefit to particular candidates and discriminate with others," he alleged.
Delegation meets deputy CM
Meanwhile. a delegation of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidharthi Parishad (ABVP) led by Pawan Sharma, the state organising secretary, called on deputy chief minister Dr Nirmal Singh on Tuesday and sought his intervention against what they termed an unfair decision of the State Service Recruitment Board to give a weight of 30 marks to Urdu in the screening test for naib tehsildars.
The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the SSRB, demanding the withdrawal of the unfair and discriminatory decision with the candidates of Jammu region."The police lathi-charged peaceful protesters today. The ABVP would again hold a protest at Jammu University on Wednesday to lodge its protest."