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J&K Govt orders to fill vacant posts

The order applies to thousands of posts which had fallen vacant after Pandits left the Valley in the wake of militancy.

india Updated: Jun 04, 2006 11:56 IST

Even as it claims to be working for return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley, the Jammu and Kashmir government appears to have concluded that the displaced people will not return in the near future.

An indication in this regard is a state government order directing regularisation of appointments to the posts which fell vacant due to migration of Pandits since 1989.

"In supersession of all the previous orders on the subject, it is hereby ordered that the migrant substitutes working in various departments against the migrant vacant posts shall be regularised against these posts without waiting for the posts to get vacated due to retirement or promotion of migrant employee or due to any other reason," said the state government order dated May 16.

The order issued by the General Administration Department, whose copy is available, cites a Cabinet decision of May 11 in this regard.

It said a committee, headed by Administrative Secretary, Finance Department, shall be constituted to consider the proposals of the Administrative Departments regarding the regularisation of migrant substitutes on a case-to-case basis after ascertaining the eligibility of such substitutes as per the recruitment rules governing the post.

The order applies to thousands of posts which had fallen vacant after Kashmiri Pandits left the valley in the wake of militancy.

Considering the special circumstances in which the community had to leave Kashmir, the then government had decided that the posts will be kept vacant till their occupants returned.

However, the return of Pandits got delayed, temporary appointments were made over these 16 years against these posts to ensure that work goes on.

While many of the employees have since retired, several thousands are still in service.

Kashmiri Pandits criticised the J&K government order. "It is unfortunate. It makes it clear that the state government has been hoodwinking the Pandits," said Shakti Bhan, leader of frontline Kashmiri Pandit organisation Panun Kashmir.

She said all governments in the state have been "fooling" the Pandits. Particularly attacking the present Congress-led government in the state, Bhan said it has "compromising policy" and "wants Muslim predominance".

The successive J&K governments have been insisting that ensuring return of Pandits was high on their agenda.

The previous Mufti Sayeed government had even started constructing flats at three places in the Valley for those Pandits who wanted to return.

The displaced community, citing the prevailing militancy situation in the Valley, has been resisting any forcible or coercive effort to make them return.