Jammu, Oct 20 (Calcutta Tube) Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Wednesday launched an on-the-spot police recruitment drive in the backward area of Warwan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district as part of efforts to grant jobs in remote areas.
It was after a gap of more than a decade that the drive was re-launched Wednesday. Omar’s father and former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah had launched a special recruitment drive April 2000 immediately after the massacre of 35 Sikhs in Chittisinghpora in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
The on-the-spot recruitment offers an opportunity to the youth to get into police services without any formalities except for meeting the required physical standards.
A team of senior police officers under the supervision of Director General of Police Kuldeep Khoda conducted the recruitment and completed the selection process Wednesday itself.
Giving details of the drive while addressing a public gathering at Inshan Warwan, 250 km north of Jammu Wednesday, the chief minister said the ‘police department would continue to make such recruitment drives in other far-off areas’.
Omar said that his ‘government has reduced the qualification criterion for the engagement of youth in police department from matric to middle (eight class) for the remote areas in the state’.
‘The middle-pass youth in the backward areas will also be eligible to be engaged under the new engagement policy for casual labourers recently announced by the government. A target of employing 50,000 youth has been fixed under this policy,’ he said.