NPP holds protest against double standards of BJP Govt

Seeking the reservation of all J&K jobs for the locals of erstwhile State, National Panthers Party (NPP today held a massive protest in Jammu and torched the effigy of the BJP Govt.

Referring to the statement of MP Chief Minister, Shiv Raj Singh Chouhan that all jobs in Madhya Pradesh would be reserved exclusively for residents of that state, Chairman Harsh Dev Singh today questioned the BJP government over its double standards with regard to employment avenues existing in J&K.

He said that J&K as a State prior to August 5, 2019, enjoyed a similar status in the matter of government jobs with exclusive rights available to the local youth in employment with a bar on outsiders to apply in J&K. He said that the BJP government had assured that suitable provisions would be incorporation in the new laws introduced after the abrogation of Article 370 for saving the jobs and lands of locals which however turned out to be a hyperbole. He said that by virtue of new domicile law, the government had allowed thousands of outsiders belonging to Bihar, UP, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Uttarakhand etc to participate in the selections process for all kinds of jobs available in J&K.

Seeking protection of jobs of J&K youth, Singh said that if special provisions for several other states including Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Sikkim, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh etc. would be provided under Article 371 of the Constitution of India, it would be wholly unjustified to divest even the educated unemployed youth of their special rights while writing down Article 370.

He said that Maharashtra and Gujarat have also been provided with some special concessions in Article 371 in the matter of development and employment in various regions including Vidarbha and Marathwada (Maharashtra) and Saurashtra and Kutch in Gujarat. Saving the lands and jobs of the youth of J&K needs to be ensured by virtue of a similar constitution provision, added Singh.