The Medical Assistant students and Pharmacist diploma holders Monday staged a protest and demanded that their diploma certificates be recognized for registration of a license and jobs as well.
The protesting aspirants stated protest under the banner of JK Medical Assistant /Pharmacist Association stated that earlier they were getting registration under Jammu and Kashmir Pharmacy Council after having Medical Assistant and Pharmacist diploma certificates, but after August 2019, there is no state pharmacy council and they are not being considered eligible for registration under the Pharmacy Council of India.
The protesters were raising slogans like ‘we want justice, save our future’ during the protest outside Civil Secretariat Srinagar.
President of the association, Adnan Shafi Khan said their future is at stake as they have already spent lakhs of rupees pursuing the diploma and can’t afford more expenses. “Most of us belong to poor families and can’t afford additional degrees. He said that they have been protesting for the last six months but no one has responded to their demands.
He said that after the erstwhile State was converted into Union Territory, Medical Assistant diploma registration was excluded in the IPC rules, which brought dark clouds over the future of all diploma holders in J&K.
Khan said there are over 20 thousand Medical Assistant aspirants in Jammu and Kashmir and it seems the government is destroying the future of poor medical aspirants.
Another student Mushtaq Ahmad said they are suffering due to the anti-youth policy of the Government. “The mental agony of remaining jobless even after completion of professional courses is unbearable,” he said.
“We have completed our diplomas, before the bifurcation of State into two UTs, under the State Act, but for employment purpose, Central Act is being implemented on us, which is unfair and against the claims of the government to create more and more opportunities of employment here,” Ahmad said.
The group also urged the Lt Governor to address the issue and save our future. They also urged the Union Health Minister to come forward and save the future of over 20 thousand medical aspirants of Jammu and Kashmir.