Union Minister Jitendra Singh Wednesday said youth from the International Border (IB) areas in Jammu Kashmir are eligible to avail the benefits of reservation applicable for them in government employment.
The assertion comes after some candidates raised doubts over the applicability of reservation provided for them.
People living in areas adjoining the International Border and Actual Line of Control (ALoC) are entitled for reservation in government jobs.
Singh, the Minister of State for Personnel, said he had a discussion with J&K Lt Governor G C Murmu and Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam on Wednesday on the matter and the J&K administration would issue a clarification accordingly.
“Important to clear apprehension of aspirants for jobs advertised by the J&K government. Had a detailed discussion with LG Murmu and CS Subrahmanyam. IB reservation for border area candidates will be available in these jobs. The government will issue clarification accordingly," Singh tweeted.
The minister told PTI that there was some ambiguity in recent advertisements for jobs in J&K, which has now been resolved.
“I have spoken to the LG and the chief secretary about this ambiguity and they have said a clarification would be issued soon," said Singh, the MP from Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency.
He said the existing rules allow for three percent reservation for people living in areas along the IB and LoC.
As many as 8575 vacancies for class-IV jobs have been advertised by the Jammu and Kashmir Services Selection Board last month.
In April, it had sought applications to fill 1889 posts of Accounts Assistant (panchayat). PTI