Written byShalini Ojha
The new directive clarifies that only domiciles, who have lived for 15 years in the area, will be eligible for government jobs.
The earlier order making jobs open-for-all has been scrapped.
On Tuesday, almost eight months after abrogating Article 370, which allowed J&K to function under a separate set of rules, the Centre changed the criteria for domiciles.
Further, the government said that anyone from the country could apply for high-level government jobs while reserving only positions like junior assistants and peons for locals.
The jobs which were protected fall in the level-4 category.
A domicile is someone "who has resided for period of fifteen years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in class 10th/12th examination in an educational institution located in the UT of J&K", the order said.
However, the new rule only brought criticism for the Centre, even from BJP's local unit.
Slamming the order, Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party (JKAP) President Altaf Bukhari said it was carried out "at a bureaucratic level without taking aspirations and expectations of people into consideration."
And J&K Peoples Conference claimed the government had set on an "erroneous" path and doesn't want to rectify wrongs.
Similarly, former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of J&K, Omar Abdullah, said, "Insult is heaped on the injury when we see the law offers none of the protections that had been promised." To note, Abdullah was released from detention last month.
Backpedaling on the earlier order, the Centre issued a late-night notification on Friday underlining that government jobs will only be reserved for domiciles, making it off-limits for non-residents.
However, the government didn't change the criteria of domiciles.
"The amendment will satisfy all, as it was a demand from all parties of both regions," a senior official told NDTV.
"It is very important for the party to get the order modified. Residents of J&K are fuming about this new order and they are blaming us," another JKAP leader said.
Commenting on the late-night order, JKAP's senior leader Ashraf Mir said, "Nothing comes on a platter. You have to assert, then only will you be successful. We will do everything for the good of the people."
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