H-K candidates deprived of their legitimate reservation rights under Article 371(J): HKHS

RAICHUR, November 23, 2014

Taking exception to the “improper implementation” of Article 371(J) of the Constitution, Hyderabad-Karnataka Horata Samiti (HKHS) demanded the government establish a high-level permanent panel with an officer of Additional Chief Secretary rank as its chief, for ensuring proper implementation of the Article at State level.

Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, samiti leader Razak Ustad said various recruitment notifications issued by different government departments had been, in one way or the other, depriving the people of H-K region of their hard-earned reservations rights under the Article.

“Many departments and all universities, except the University of Mysore and Rani Channamma University have been established at Belagavi, continued to issue recruitment and admission notifications without provisions for reservation to candidates of the Hyderabad-Karnataka region,” he alleged.

After the Government Order, dated January 1, 2013, made reservation for H-K candidates mandatory in all government recruitments and admissions to government educational institutions across the State, notifications have been called for recruitment to 5,370 posts without provisions for the same, he added.

“All these recruitment notifications should be withdrawn and fresh ones with provisions for reservation should be issued. Promotions made during the period should also be cancelled to start the process afresh,” he demanded.

“Obtaining an eligibility certificate for availing benefits under Article 371(J) of the Constitution has become a punishment. The issuing authorities have made this simple process complex by unnecessarily forcing people to produce several documents,” he alleged. Since most officers who have the authority to issue certificates are unaware of the proper procedure, the government should conduct decentralised workshops to train them.

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