BJP says Soren government’s new employment policy is discriminatory; JMM qualifies the decision as historic
In another round of controversies surrounding employment policy in Jharkhand, the opposition Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party on Friday accused Hemant Soren’s government of proposing a “discriminatory policy” in terms of language and language. region, claiming it was detrimental to the Hindi language. population and those belonging to the unqualified category in the state.
The move comes a day after Hemant Soren’s cabinet on Thursday approved proposals to change job eligibility and the examination schedule conducted by the Jharkhand Personnel Selection Commission (JSSC) for grade III government jobs and IV.
The new policy replaced the two-step JSSC-led exam with a one-step competition. It also made it mandatory that anyone who does not fall into the reserved categories notified in the state must have passed grades 10 and 12 from any school in Jharkhand to apply for a job offered by JSSC.
While the exact program of the new exam model had not yet been published by the commission, the new exam model made it mandatory to remove a linguistic document from a given list of 12 regional languages, including tribal languages. The Hindi and English exams will be the qualifying exams and the marks obtained on the chosen regional language exam will be added to the merit list.
Speaking to reporters at party headquarters on Friday, Jharkhand BJP spokesman Pratul Shahdeo said the new policy approved by the state government discriminated against the official Hindi language, in addition to be an attempt to appease the minority community. The party would take all measures, both political and legal, to ensure that the new policy is not implemented.
“Previously, subjects like Hindi, Sanskrit and Urdu were also on the list of main language articles. But the new policy kept Urdu but excluded Hindi and Sanskrit. Through the new policy, the government discriminates against people living in certain areas of the state, ”Shahdeo said.
“In districts like Palamu and Garhwa, many people speak Bhojpuri. Likewise, the majority of the inhabitants of Godda and Sahebganj districts speak Angika. Although these languages were not listed in the regional language, Hindi could have been a common link. But the inhabitants of these neighborhoods could not run for these posts, ”he added.
Regarding the new fading rule for grades 10 and 12 of a state school, Shahdeo said it discriminates against students in the general category who are Moolvasis (original inhabitants) of Jharkhand.
However, the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) denied the charges, saying the new policy was in the best interests of the local population, including the tribals, Dalits, backward classes and Moolvasis in the state.
“There should be no confusion about this. Anyone with an umbilical cord attached to the state would benefit from this historic policy. Until now, there were too many loopholes in employment policy which were used by people to challenge it in court. On the tongue front, instead of appeasement, we assimilate all strata of society. Urdu was declared the second state language by the previous BJP government. Regarding the regional language, its importance lies in the fact that it plays the role of catalyst in governance, because ordinary people who interact with employees in categories 3 and 4 can correctly express their problems in their mother tongue ” , said JMM’s senior secretary general. Supriyo Bhattacharya.
Home and employment policy in Jharkhand has been a controversial issue and a hot potato for all political parties since this tribal-dominated state was separated from Bihar in 2000. Putting an end to the uncertainties on the issue, the The previous BJP government led by Raghubar Das had set 1985 as the base year for deciding the domicile of any citizen of the state.
The issue continued to be a controversy and became a major topic of discussion in the 2019 Assembly elections when the BJP lost power, with other political parties, especially the JMM and Congress, taking a contrary position and promising to change it. However, the combined JMM-Congress-RJD government had yet to come up with a new proposal on the issue.
The employment policy notified by Raghubar Das’ government also turned into controversy, with the High Court overturning its policy of reserving jobs offered by the JSSC in 11 planned districts – in accordance with Annex V of the Constitution – only for the inhabitants of these respective districts.