Jahangeer Ganaie

Limnology degree holders demand creation of posts

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Srinagar: The degree holders in the limnology subject in Kashmir on Tuesday demanded creation of posts for them saying that they have been rendered jobless despite possessing a degree in the subject.

Several limnology doctorates and post graduates in Kashmir said that the government was giving preference to rural development degree holders instead of limnology degree holders.

“The government must create posts for the Limnology Subject in Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir in different departments like Jal Shakti, Pollution Control Board, LCMA, water conservation authority, fisheries department, irrigation and flood control department besides at SKUAST Kashmir and Jammu and other departments as well,” the candidates said.

They said that no proper system of limnology experts and scholars have ever been encouraged in the services of any government departments. “The Limnology subject deals with management, conservation and restoration of inland aquatic freshwater bodies,” they said.

They said that a proper panel of limnology experts may be adjusted in government departments, so that the services and utility of these departments may be properly maintained.

“Zoology, Botany and other aquatic ecology related subjects are teaching Limnology as a one paper at Postgraduate level, but it is very ill fortunate, they are preferred over the Post graduates and research scholars of Limnology subject,” they said.

They said that the central government has already launched rain water harvesting, restoration of springs at block level in Himalayan region, but in Jammu and Kashmir masters in rural development, Masters in Social works candidates are again preferred over Limnologists.

“Despite pursuing masters as well as doctorate degrees we are seeing a bleak future ahead,” they said.

They said that preferring rural development and social works degree holders over limnology degree holders government was the basic reason that most of the water related schemes have failed in J&K due to lack of basic knowledge about the planning, quality and management of water bodies related schemes.

“We have already written to LG Manoj Sinha in this regard as well and we are hopeful that posts will be created soon,” they said.

They urged the government to look into the matter on humanitarian grounds and provide job opportunities to them as well.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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