“I also started on stipend. ……I did not earn a full salary. My starting salary was 3000”
After tasting humiliating defeat in the recent Lok Sabha polls it took Omar Abdullah barely few hours to announce to his followers on the twitter that based on the feedback he has received on his email count he is going to propose scrapping of the new Recruitment policy.
I’m bringing a proposal to the J&K Cabinet on Wednesday & I’m proposing scrapping the “New Recruitment Policy” with immediate effect 1/3
— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) May 19, 2014
In contrast when Omar govt had notified the same policy it was not welcomed at all by the educated youth across the state and at that time Omar had defended the policy by convincing the youth that his govt is left with no other option but to devise this ‘ innovative policy’ to tide over the salary bill of the state govt employees.
Responding to the street protests Omar had made efforts to explain to the youth that we are left with no option other than devising this ‘innovative policy’ in a situation of financial constraints caused due to the burden of 6th pay commission implementation.
The new policy gives half salary to new recruits for the first three years of service. He claimed it would help boost rather than blocking the opportunities among jobless youth in the state.
Contending it would boost employment opportunities, the Chief Minister had stated then , “at no point of time, I’ve been saying that the stipendiary mode of employment is a means to divert the youth to government sector……… What I’m saying is the stipendiary means of employment is a means to recruit more and more youngsters into government jobs,” he said.
“Let me ask a question to the youth……is it better for them to stay jobless for three-four years or have a job like this?” , Omar had said while replying to a query of media with regard to widespread protests.
Defending the policy, he stated even those, who work in the private sector, start on a stipend. “I also started on stipend. …….For the first few years, I did not earn a full salary. My starting salary was 3000 rupees a month for one year – stipend…….. then I went to Rs 6000 – stipend”, he maintained arguing that if the private sector can start on a stipendiary mode, even the government can consider it.