Prioritise jobs for locals, HRD minister urged

The KDA has urged the union government to come up with an employment policy that reserves 80% of non-executive posts for locals in government and private sectors.

KDA chief S G Siddaramaiah said the national employment policy was the need of the hour. He said, “The union government will do well to bring out an employment policy that reserves 80% of non-executive posts to regional candidates.”

A team, including members of the KDA and eminent writers, has proposed that a number of changes be incorporated in the education and employment sectors that will give those knowing the regional language an upper hand.

The delegation met Union Human Resources and Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi recently and submitted a memorandum in this regard.

They said the centralised recruitment system that Institute of Banking Personnel Selection (IBPS) follows must be done away with. Instead, regional-level recruitment system must be put in place.

The IBPS must modify the eligibility criteria with respect to proficiency in local languages. For that, “good command over local language is a compulsory requirement for candidates applying for all kinds of posts in the participating RRBs/banks. Consequently, the candidates will be required to submit information for having studied local language in matriculation or 10+2 or graduation in all online application forms,” the delegation said.

They have also sought that the services of candidates whose appointments were done post the 2015 notification and are yet to pick the local language be terminated.

“The draft of the new education policy is raising concerns in states. The government will do well to consider the issues before it reaches any conclusion on its implementation. The choice-based credit system being implemented through UGC is completely against regional language learning,” they believe.

They have said that with minimal importance attached to learning of the local language, candidates complete degrees from the state with no knowledge of local language.

“All importance must be given to promote regional languages in Kendriya Vidyalayas. Recruitment of regional language teachers for these schools must be given top priority,” they said.

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