Dogra issue: J&K govt to write to MHA; ask for inclusion of all

Last Updated: Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 19:05

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Government will
soon write to the Centre to modify its order providing
relaxation to certain groups in recruitment in paramilitary
forces by including all residents of the state instead of
ethnic communities.

The state government will write to the Home Ministry to
modify its January 11 order which provided relaxation in
recruitment rules for ethnic communities like Dogras,
Marathas, people residing in hilly areas and Ladakh region of
the state, highly placed sources said on Sunday.

The J&K Government decision to write to the Home
Ministry on the issue comes close on the heels of a
controversy surrounding the issuance of Dogra certificates to
members of the community, mostly hailing from Jammu region.

The move by the government may take the steam out of the
strike call by hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali
Shah Geelani who has announced a shutdown on Monday demanding
revocation of the state government order to issue Dogra
certificates.

Geelani has alleged that it was an attempt to divide the
state along communal lines and the order had the potential to
harm the geographical unity of the state as well.

"Since almost all the residents of Jammu and Kashmir can
avail the relaxation as provided under the provided norms, the
state government feels that by inserting word `Jammu and
Kashmir` instead of the ethnicity will do away with the
apprehensions expressed by certain quarters in the Valley,"
the sources said.

Three state ministers had addressed a joint press
conference on Friday seeking to clarify that the Dogra
certificates will be issued only for the purpose of availing
the relaxation in height and chest parameters during
recruitment in paramilitary forces.

Public Health Engineering Minister Taj Mohiuddin said
similar relaxations were available to people living in Kashmir
and Ladakh, as these fall in `Hilly Areas` category.

He said the Dogra certificate will not be issued to
members of the community from other parts of the state and
clarified that it cannot form the basis for issuance permanent
resident certificate given to residents of Jammu and Kashmir
only.

The state cabinet will also be meeting shortly to
discuss the issue.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 19:05

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