Jobs for only those whose 75 pc land acquired: Railways in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 5 (UNI) Facing the first rail-roko agitation in Kashmir valley recently since the train service was introduced last month, the Northern Railway today clarified that only such families are eligible for jobs whose more than 75 per cent land has been acquired.

The clarification from the Railways came after Governor N N Vohra took up the issue pertaining to the process of jobs to such families whose holdings have been acquired for laying the track and creating the railway infrastructure in the Qazigund-Baramulla section.

According to an official spokesman, the Northern Railways have informed the Governor that only such families were eligible for jobs whose more than 75 per cent land had been acquired.

The Railways further clarified that only one job was to be provided per family.

It said only the owner of the land or his wife or son or daughter were eligible for employment in such cases.

The age limit for service in Group 'D' has been fixed between 18-30 years, with a minimum qualification of 8th standard.

The age limit for appointment under Group 'C' is 18-30 years, with minimum qualification of 10th standard.

As per the extant instructions of the Railways, only those persons would be entitled for employment who do not derive any benefit through the State Government in the form of alternative cultivable land.

Last week about one hundred people staged a dharna on Anantnag- Baramulla track for few hours, demanding jobs in the Railways against the land acquired by the it.

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