Panthers condemn SBI discriminatory recruitment notification of clerical assistants; SBI calls it a non-issue as the vacancies were region-specific for Kashmir Valley/Ladakh


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In a blown up issue, a local Jammu-based organization Young Panthers staged a protest demonstration at Press Club-Jammu today terming the recruitment notification of SBI as discriminatory and racial based on language and region.  It is pertinent to mention that the SBI has issued a recruitment notification for the post of 5500 clerical assistants all across India.  The notification contains a special recruitment drive for the state of Jammu and Kashmir under Chandigarh circle which categorically mentioned that candidates belonging to the state (restricting to Kashmir Valley/Ladakh only) must be proficient in reading and speaking Kashmiri or Urdu language which would be tested during the course of interview of the candidates who qualify.

Young panthers were resenting at the discrimination meted out to the youth of Jammu Province and warned the NDA led central government to direct the recruiting authorities of SBI to revoke and re-publish the notification so that the youth of Jammu could also apply for the cited posts. “It is mandatory to mention here that this notification is an insult to Dogras of Jammu Pradesh and Dogri language which has been incorporated in the 8th schedule of the Constitution and has been neglected in the notification,” said a Young Panther release.

Taking the matter seriously, Pushvinder Manhas disclosed that Vide advertisement no. CRPD/CR/2014-15/02 SBI has advertised more than 5500 vacancies nation vide where the applications are invited from “eligible Indian Citizens” for appointment as Assistants in Clerical Cadre in SBI. He said that as per the notification the candidates from all over India can apply for the advertised posts but the candidates from Jammu Province are not eligible to apply for the said vacancies which raises questions that do State Bank of India think that the people of Jammu are not “eligible Indian citizens.” Manhas even castigated that BJP led NDA has also started appeasement policy for the Kashmiri Youth and step motherly treatment towards the youth of Jammu.

RNI contacted SBI Chairman in this regard for whom it is a non-issue that is being unnecessarily blown up. Replying on behalf of the Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya, the General Manager (Central Recruitment & Promotion Department, SBI Corporate Centre, Mumbai) informed that since the vacancies existed only in the Kashmir Valley/Ladakh region, the language of the masses in that region was sought as essential. He said that had the vacancies came up in the Jammu region, Dogri would have been mentioned as one of the essential languages for recruitment. Gautam Banerjee informed that there are 5400 clerical cadre vacancies and candidates from any state are eligible to apply against vacancies of any state. “Candidates from Jammu & Kashmir can also apply against the vacancies of any state. However candidates can apply for vacancies in one state only and will have to appear for the test from an examination centre for that state. There are 107 vacancies for J&K which have been mentioned as a part of special recruitment drive for assistants in Kashmir Valley/Ladakh. Candidates selected for the state of J&K will be posted in branches/offices of the Bank in various districts of Kashmir valley / Ladakh and their minimum stay in the Valley/Ladakh will be 8 years.”

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