In a notification issued by the Labor and Employment Department on Tuesday, the administration announced “Union Territory of Ladakh Employment (Subordinate) Services Recruitment Rules 2021” in which jobs have been reserved for local people.
“Only residents of the Union Territory of Ladakh shall be eligible for appointment to the service,” the notification said. According to the notification, these rules shall not apply to persons who are in the service of the Union Territory of Ladakh under the provisions of section 89(2) of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019 or any such rule as may be prescribed by the Administration. Jammu and Kashmir was divided into two union territories after the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution on August 5, 2019.
The recruitment rules framed by Lt Governor RK Mathur will come into force from the date of publication of the Official Gazette. Ladakh BJP president and MP Jamyang Tsering Namgyal thanked the Center for the new rules and said they are in line with the sentiments of the people.
Namgyal tweeted, “Thank you Modi Sarkar, especially Hon’ble Home Minister Shri Amit Shah ji for taking cognizance and respecting the demand of the people of Ladakh regarding the security of employment of the residents of Ladakh.”
Kargil leader Sajjad Hussain, however, opposed the new rules and claimed that it was “full of flaws”. Hussain, who won the last parliamentary election with the support of the National Conference and the People’s Democratic Party, tweeted, “…but these rules are full of loopholes. What are the qualifications for who is a resident of Ladakh? The LAHDC (Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Leh and Kargil) has been completely ignored and rules have been imposed unilaterally.”
Meanwhile, senior CPI(M) leader and former MLA Mohammad Yusuf Tarigami said that reserving employment for the residents of Ladakh is another “indifferent” decision of the BJP government as the two hill development councils of the region were not consulted for the same.