Life remain paralyzed in both Leh and Kargil districts as due to strike call given by student unions against neglect of youth of Ladakh UT in J&K Bank recruitment, all main markets remain shut.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Kargil and other major towns and tehsil headquarters. Work in Government offices was also affected. The strike call was supported by the leaders of different political parties and religious organizations.
A leader of All India Kargil Ladakh Student Union, Jammu, hailing from district Kargil said that the strike was called in support of their demands, including declaring results of District Service Selection Recruitment Board (DSSR) and allowing youths of the UT to appear in Jammu and Kashmir Bank (JKB) recruitment examination.
He said the DSSR has failed to declare the results for different posts though interview has been held last year. ”We cannot apply for different vacant posts in JKB”, he said adding that either the examination for recruitment in the bank should be postponed till our eligibility or some share should be reserved for youths of Ladakh.
Expressing their support to strike call by students, District Kargil president of the BJP Mohammad Ali Majaz, DCC Kargil and Imam Khomani Trust, Anjuman-e-Sofia Noorbakshia Kargil and the Kargil unit of the Ladakh Buddhist Association said the issues raised by the students are genuine and Government should resolve them immediately.
Meanwhile, Feroz Ahmad Khan, Chairman, Chief Executive Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, Kargil, also expressed concern over non-inclusion of youths of Ladakh in JKB recruitment drive.
He questioned as to why the bank recruitments have been limited only to domicile of J&K UT only when people of Ladakh have equally contributed to development of the bank for decades. He said he has written to Advisor to Governor UT Ladakh Umang Narula and chairman of JKB.
In Leh, student unions of Ladakh supported by Merchant Association Leh, religious organizations and political parties observed half day Bandh in to protest against J&K Bank recruitment policy.