OF PARLIAMENTARY STANDING COMMITTEE
(GOVERNMENT OF INDIA)
SUBJECT : REQUEST TO TAKE UP THE ISSUE OF ABOLISHING OF SELF HELP GROUP OF ENGINEERS SCHEME VIDE GOVT ORDER NUMBER : 752-JK(GAD)-S.NO 2(b) of 2020 DATED 10-08-2020, WITH THE HON’ABLE LIEUTENANAT GOVERNOR Of JK (UT) GOVERNMENT .
We the big conglomerate of Self Help Group of Engineers would like to draw the kind attention of your good self towards the drawback of the Abolishing of the Self Help Group of Engineers Scheme vide Order No. 752-JK(GAD) of 2020 dated 10.08.2020. We would like to inform that this Innovative/ATMNIRBAR Scheme was launched in 2003 by the State Government for the un-employed engineers which is an alternative to the Govt. job. The vision and mission of this innovative scheme is to organize the unemployed engineers of the State into groups to self employ them by providing them gainful sources of livelihood in the shape of supply and execution of work contracts in works/Development departments as an alternative to the Govt. jobs, as also to create/promote, Group Consortium culture among these engineers for their socio economic empowerment so as to enable them generation employment opportunities for others as well. The Spirit behind this Scheme is to create an atmosphere of “Handholding, Accomodation, Encouragement”, and to achieve the cherished goal of providing employment opportunities to the un-employed engineers of the State.
The salient feature of this scheme is the 30% quota of total works of Government departments/corporations and autonomous bodies has been earmarked for Self Help Group of Engineers, and the separate tenders are being advertised for this 30% quota of works by different departments and only the Self Help Group of Engineers can participate for healthy competition among the SHGEs at the tendering stage and no work is being allotted without tendering to these Groups.
At present thousands of un-employed engineers are engaged in this scheme across the whole J&K since 2003, some have preferred to left their overseas jobs and returned to their home State to work here in this scheme, most of the un-employed engineers who are engaged in this scheme have crossed their age limit and are not eligible now for any Govt. job
Now all of a sudden the present UT Administration has scraped this Scheme on 10.08.2020 without the consultation of stake holders and was shocking news for all the heartbroken technocrats and their families who are engaged in this scheme since 18 years. We would like to know that does the State Administration considered any alternative for these technocrats
before taking such harsh decision or just to push them to beg on the roads, what is our fault why the State Administration snatched this self employment opportunity to we people, though we were generating employment opportunities for others also and now what will happen to them whose employment was dependant on these heartbroken technocrats, does this Administration wants to put mental stress on these technocrats and force them to come on roads for self immolation, because these heartbroken technocrats have huge bank loans and have also brought their own machinery for executing the works. Cont
After the protests on the roads day and night of Self Help Group of Engineers across the J&K since its abolition the Present Lieutenant Governor formed the committee to examine the issue related to Self Help Group of Engineers Scheme on 22-09-2020, but till date no decision has been taken by the Govt. to restore this scheme, it is pertinent to mention here that this grave issue was raised in the last session of Parliament by all the representatives of J&K (UT ) State.
Sir, Our humble request to your good self and all other Parliamentarian dignitaries is to use your good offices to resolve our grave issue while taking up our issue with the Hon,ble Lieutenant Governor. Our families are on the verge of starvation as there is no other means to earn our livelihood, as most of the engineers engaged in this Scheme have crossed the age limit to get any other job which has deepened the crisis among us.
Hope our solicitation will receive due consideration at your august and magnanimous hands.
State President ( J&K )
( Er. Syed Parvez Hussain )