Dogra certificate order to be rescinded in Kashmir

April 28th, 2011 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Jammu, April 28 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government Thursday decided to rescind its March 27 order offering certificates to the residents of Jammu region for getting relaxation in the eligibility criteria for joining central paramilitary forces.

The state government issued Dogra certificates to the residents to enable them get relaxation in height and chest measurements at the time of recruitment.

The decision to rescind the order was taken at a meeting of the state cabinet here, said a source in the cabinet.

It was felt that after the union home ministry modified its notification enabling all Jammu and Kashmir residents to avail a relaxation of five cm in height and two cm in chest measurements for getting into a paramilitary force, the state government’s order had lost its relevance, the source said.

The Dogra certificate order was issued for the residents of Jammu region because the people of this region were not getting the benefit in the eligibility criteria as was the case with the residents of Kashmir Valley and Leh-Ladakh region.

At the cabinet meeting it was agreed that the modified notification of the home ministry should get precedence over the state government’s order and it should be done away with, the source said. The revocation of the order may be issued any time.

The Dogra certificates issued earlier this month had led to discontent in the Valley. The certificates enabled their holders to seek reservation in recruitment in the central paramilitary forces.

Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani had warned the state government of a fresh round of unrest if the government didn’t withdraw by April 30 its decision to issue Dogra certificates to residents of Jammu.

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