A complete shutdown was on Monday observed in Kupwara district of north Kashmir to protest the alleged discrimination in government's recruitment policy.
Government offices, business establishments, educational institutions and banks remained closed in the district in response to the call for a strike given by a committee spearheading an agitation against the inter-district recruitment policy of the government, officials said.
The present policy allows candidates to apply for district and divisional cadres posts irrespective of whether they belong to that particular district.
The coordination committee comprising legislators of all parties, intellectuals, traders, lawyers and transporters of the district are demanding scraping of the policy.
The committee has cited instances of schools in the district running without teachers as those appointed from outside have fled the district after getting the job.
Legislators of ruling National Conference and opposition PDP have termed the recruitment policy as sheer discrimination against the unemployed youth.
"How can the unemployed youth of Kalaroos, Karnah and Lolab compete with the youth of other districts who enjoy regular coaching at tuition centres and study in prestigious institutes," they asked.