Omar initiates step to scrap recruitment policy

  • Toufiq Rashid, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 20, 2014 22:01 IST

After the poll debacle, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has initiated a step and decided to scrap the "new recruitment policy" in the state.

"I am bringing a proposal to the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet on Wednesday and I'm proposing scrapping new recruitment policy with immediate effect," Omar wrote on micro blogging site Twitter, late on Monday night.

Calling the step a "corrective measure", Omar said, the decision was based on feedback from people and more such decisions were likely to come soon. The step is seen as a part of series of such steps likely to be taken in the run-up to the upcoming assembly elections.

"This is based on feedback that I've received from countless youth spread across the length and breadth of the state over last the two days," Omar tweeted.

Omar had given a designated email address to people asking them to list reasons for the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. The National Conference had lost all the seats it had contested in the Valley including, the prestigious Srinagar seat considered to be the family's bastion.

According to the policy, the new appointees were given full salary only after completion of five years in the service.

The policy, which was approved by the state Cabinet in 2011, new appointees for Class-III and Class-IV posts were paid fixed monthly salary equivalent to 50% of the basic pay (pay band + grade pay) for the first two years.

For the next three years or during the remaining period out of the total five years, the employee would be entitled to receive fixed salary of about 75% of the basic pay.

The policy was widely criticised as daily wage labourers were getting more salary than the "new government employees".

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