Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government is no longer liable to provide regular or temporary jobs to the people in exchange of their land for projects under various governmental departments as the related SRO has been amended by the state government two decades ago.

It is to be noted, large number of people had given their land for various projects but the concerned families did not get any government job in return despite the fact that some of them were appointed as casual employees in Public Health Engineering (PHE) and irrigation departments.

 “I have been working in PHE since 15 years but I am still not a permanent employee.” Rampal of Bari Brahmana area says, his father had provided land to PHE for setting up a tube well and was promised job to a family member after which he was employed as a casual employee. 

He adds, “Now the officials are saying that I am in the need-based category and they pay me only Rs 1,000 as salary.”

An official of the General Administration Department not willing to be named said, “In the SRO-181 issued on June 3, 1988, it was said that if the government acquires 50 percent or more agricultural land from a family, there was a provision of providing government job to a member of that family according to his qualification.”

However, the SRO was cancelled through SRO-214 three years later on July 11, 1991. According to the new SRO, the legal provision of providing government job in exchange of land is no longer in existence.