Srinagar: In wake of the ruling National Conference-Congress alliance’s debacle in the recent Lok Sabha polls, the state government on Wednesday approved scrapping of the much-criticised new recruitment policy which was implemented two years ago.
The recruitment policy was rolled back during a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah here, according to an official spokesman.
According to the now-scrapped recruitment policy, which was approved by the state Cabinet vide order No. 257-F of 2011, dated 27.10.2011, issued pursuant to Cabinet decision No. 193/23/2011, dated 19.10.2011, new appointees for Class-III and Class-IV posts were paid fixed monthly salary equivalent to 50 per cent 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 total five years, the employee was entitled to receive fixed salary of about 75 per cent of the basic pay.
The policy was widely criticised as daily wage labourers were earning more than what a new appointee in the government services.
“There was a wide spread apprehension among the youth of the state that the policy would be detrimental to interests both monetarily as well as progression of careers of those intending to join government sector which forms one of the biggest employment provider in the state,” the spokesman said.
“The Finance Department was asked to work out proposals, relating to the revocation of the fixed salary mode and the restoration of the pre-existing salary mode for these categories and the other terms and conditions of employment.”
The Cabinet also approved amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir (Compassionate Appointment) Rules, 1994, notified vide SRO-43/1994.
Omar had announced two days ago that he is going to move a proposal before the Cabinet to scrap the new recruitment policy with an immediate effect.
He said it was one of the points highlighted by youths across the state through emails to him which he has been receiving as part of his “introspection process” started following the debacle in Lok Sabha polls in which the ruling National Conference-Congress coalition failed to win any of the six seats in the state.