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Agri diploma holders left in lurch, others get preference
Discrimination in jobs with Jammu
2/23/2021 12:25:13 AM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Feb 22: The Jammu based Basic Agriculture Trained (BAT) diploma holders have alleged appeasement of Kashmir based youth and have claimed that they are facing discrimination.
According to these diploma holders they were denied preference for jobs in the Agriculture Department but for similar jobs in the Horticulture Department, diploma holders were given preference.
As per the documents as well as communiqué forwarded by Jammu based Basic Agriculture Trained (BAT) trained diploma holders it has been stated that SKUAST Jammu had started BAT diploma (1year) course in Agriculture/Horticulture around eight years back.
Many have opted for diploma courses after 10+2, hoping to get absorbed in various posts advertised by Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB). The JKSSB vide advertisement number 07 of 2020, dated 31/12/2020 advertised 458 posts in various departments including 165 posts in the Agriculture Production Department.
These posts include Plant Protection Operator in Level-2 (19900-63200), in all districts of Jammu, Farm Supervisor in Level-2, Beekeeper in Level-2, Field Supervisor in Level-2 while the eligibility to apply for these posts is only 10+2 with Science Subject.
Moreover, the JKSSB issued another advertisement vide Advt number 01 of 2021 dated 03/02/2021 in which similar type of posts in Horticulture Department (out of total 345 posts) were advertised for which diploma holders in Horticulture were preferred.
These posts include Horticulture Technician Grade-IV, Level-SL2 (15900-50400) for which the eligibility criteria is, “10+2 with 1 year Basic Horticulture Training passed from recognized institute”.
“Both the courses are similar in nature but in one case preference is given to Horticulture diploma holders but not to Agriculture diploma holders”, a group of aspirants said, adding, “The discrimination with Jammuites and appeasement for Kashmir youth is evident as maximum of Jammu based candidates opted for diploma in Agriculture while Kashmir has good scope of Horticulture so maximum of the Valley based candidates opted for diploma in horticulture but when it comes to absorption of qualified candidates in jobs, only Kashmir based candidates get preference while Jammuites have been ignored.
The candidates said that they had written to Lieutenant Governor, Principal Secretary as well as to other quarters but all in vain.
Secretary JKSSB, Sachin Jamwal said that the Board was merely a recruitment agency, while the eligibility criteria, posts, recruitment rules have been finalized by the concerned department and JKSSB has nothing to do with such issues.
Director Agriculture Jammu Inderjeet said the department forwards the posts as well as the recruitment rules. As per recruitment rules, there is so far no preference for diploma holders.
The Director said that if these candidates want to seek preference, then recruitment rules will have to be amended.
He further said that these diploma holders should approach the department with their representation to make amendments in the recruitment rules.
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