The government Friday extended to the whole of Jammu and Kashmir
the relaxation in rules for recruitment of personnel to central
paramilitary forces (CPMFs) following widespread protests in the
Kashmir Valley against issuance of Dogra certificates to the
people of Jammu region only.
The government said it has amended its earlier orders to include
the whole state.
The relaxation is for the height and chest measurements of
candidates appearing for the recruitment tests conducted by the
CPMFs such as the Central Reserve Police Force and the Border
"So far as Jammu and Kashmir is concerned, the eligibility
conditions have been relaxed for the Kashmir region and Leh and
Ladakh regions. Government desires to recruit more persons to the
CPMFs from Jammu and Kashmir. Hence, there is a case for relaxing
the eligibility conditions for all sections of the people in Jammu
and Kashmir including the Jammu region," a home ministry release
"Henceforth, the said relaxation will be available to all the
permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir," it added.
Under these relaxed rules, the CPMFs had recruited 1,109
constables in 2009 and 2,309 constables in 2010 from the Kashmir
and Leh-Lakadh regions of the state, according to the release.
As a result of the proposed amendment, all sections of "permanent
residents" in the entire Jammu and Kashmir would benefit, bringing
the state on par with Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh,
Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura on this
The Dogra certificates issued earlier this month had led to
discontent in the Valley. The certificates would enable their
holders to seek reservations in recruitment in the central
Last week, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani had warned the
state government of a fresh round of unrest if the government
didn't withdraw by April 30 its decision to issue Dogra
certificates to residents of Jammu.
So far, only applicants from the Kashmir and Leh-Ladakh and those
classified as Dogras were entitled for a relaxation in the minimum
physical eligibility - 10 cm in height and 2 cm in chest - in CPMF
This left out a large population of Jammu division, unless they
belonged to the Dogra community.
The Omar Abdullah government issued a government order enabling
all residents of Jammu region to get a Dogra certificate, raising
hackles in the Valley.
The home ministry release added: "Government of India hopes that
the relaxation of eligibility conditions for all candidates in the
entire State of Jammu & Kashmir will be welcomed by all sections
of the people of that state."