Andaman and Nicobar Islands congressman Kuldeep Rai Sharma calls for 100% reservation for islanders in government jobs
The deputy of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Kuldeep Rai Sharma, asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend to 100% the reservation of the domiciles of the archipelago in the jobs under the administration of the territory of the Union, as it has been made in Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Such a move will ensure the timely filling of more than 7,500 vacant posts in the Andaman & Nicobar administration, Sharma said in a letter to Prime Minister Modi on Monday.
The congressional lawmaker, the only member of the Union Territory, said the lack of sufficient job opportunities, especially in light of the high literacy rate in the islands, has led to growing unemployment problems.
According to the 2011 census, the population of the archipelago is 3 79,944 inhabitants and the literacy rate is 86.27%.
“In the absence of major private industries in the islands and the uncertainty in the tourism sector, the administration of Andaman and Nicobar and departments under the central government are a major and most reliable source to provide jobs for islanders throughout the islands. “
Now, applicants from other states and Union Territories applying for and securing employment in the ‘C’ and ‘B’ (unclassified) group jobs of the Andaman and Nicobar administration have further escalated the unemployment problem for residents of Andaman and the Nicobar Islands, ”Sharma said in the letter.
Applicants from the mainland excel in competitions because they have better training and other facilities compared to islanders, he said.
The government has decided to extend the 100% job reservation in public appointments to the local population of the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, he said and urged the Prime Minister. Minister to issue a similar order for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
The MP said he had proposed a private member’s bill entitled “The reservation of positions in public establishments in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands” and is expected to be passed on August 6.