LAHORE: Chairman of All Pakistan Minorities Democratic Movement urges Government of Pakistan to ensure implementation of five percent job quota for minorities in government set ups.
According to details, Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill, Chairman of All Pakistan Minorities Democratic Movement (APMDM) has urged Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to direct execution of five per cent job quota for minorities in all Government set ups. While, previously the federal government and the government of Punjab have issued minority job quota notifications in September 2009 and March 2010 correspondingly.
Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill said,” minorities who initially welcomed the measure are deeply disappointed over non-implementation of the job quota for minorities. He said the beneficiaries of the quota were ‘a drop in the ocean’
Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill pin pointed to the ‘absence of will’ on part of the decision makers and the ‘systematic discrimination’ in opposition to minority communities. He illustrated an in progress struggle of Christians for jobs in the University of Sargodha. He added, “He took the concerned officials of the university to the provincial ombudsman of Punjab in May 2012 after the university failed to recruit minorities against the quota since March 2010.” Followed by a year of court hearings the ombudsman gave his verdict,” that the university had violated the provincial government’s minority job quota notification.” He goes on to complain that the university has since not placed any advertisement for minority jobs.
Enlightening another pattern of discrimination against minorities; he alleged that the administration of government hospital in Jhangi Wala in Bahawalpur district also ignored the minority job quota notification. “Minority people were only judged to be good for menial jobs,” he regretted.
He further said that he was unwavering, as he continued to fight for jobs for minorities in particular for young people. “I believe it is vitally important for the young people to get into government jobs because it would give them a better start in life. I would like young Christian men and women to get the jobs of lecturers, Professors and Assistant professors in the University of Sargodha and in other universities of the province as well,” he added.
The APMDM premier revealed that when he spoke to other universities officials in Punjab including Islamia UniversityBahawalpur urging them to execute the minority job quota he was told that they did not get any official notification. He further said, “This is sheer obstructionism as the Punjab government notification has been sent to all autonomous bodies in Punjab.”
Chaudhry Mushtaq Gill goes on to nag that besides the universities other departments for instance National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Capital Development Authority (CDA), Police, Intelligence and Ministry of Defence were also guilty of not giving jobs to minorities as per the allotted quota.