ITANAGAR: Irked by the postal department’s alleged hiring of non-Arunachali candidates across 866 post office branches in the state, a group of 10 organisations have called for a protest rally in Itanagar on September 12.
The key demands of these organisations include the immediate cancellation of ongoing appointments favoring non-Arunachali candidates and the incorporation of local dialects into the recruitment rules for post office jobs. The protest concerns 2,596 vacancies across the post offices.
The conglomeration includes groups such as Save Arunachal Save Indigenous (SASI), Save Arunachal Youth Association (SAYA), Indigenous Movement Against Corruption and Reformation (IMAC&R), and Arunachal Nari Shakti (ANS), among others.
SAYA president, Likhr Rajnik, on Sunday, highlighted the potential benefits of upholding recruitment regulations of local candidates. “If the postal department adheres to these rules, thousands of aspirants from Arunachal Pradesh could secure jobs,” he asserted.
One of the members of the conglomerate, who would be spearheading the rally, expressed dissatisfaction in the recruitment process, especially in the Gramin Dak Sevak (GDS) positions.
Earlier on August 4, the SASI had submitted a written to the state government urging for the enactment of the Arunachal Pradesh Private Job Reservation Bill.
Again, on August 8, they had urged the state government to prioritise the enactment. “The escalating unemployment rate among our youth, particularly those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, is a grave concern. Many young individuals, driven by despair, have fallen into the clutches of drug addiction and criminal activities and even resorted to tragic suicides due to the lack of employment opportunities…” the local press had quoted SASI chairman.
This proposed law was designed to protect the indigenous identity of the region while also tackling the significant challenge of unemployment.