JAMMU: Terming the youth as the “vehicle of change”, opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Saturday urged them to use their energies and potential in shaping a new political order in the state.
“Youth are the main source of success. The young population should use their energies and potential in shaping a new political order in Jammu and Kashmir which shall be based on truth and honesty,” PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said while addressing a day-long youth convention at the party headquarters here.
She said historically youths had been responsible for bringing social and political revolutions in different societies across the world.
“Our youths have all the talent, potential to change the entire outlook of the state which shall guarantee a system where every section of the society will feel empowered enough, but they need to be given chance in the system to find their worth,” she said.
Mehbooba said but unfortunately the youths had become the “main victim of post-Independence political victimization and state repression”, and promised that her party would involve them in governance system to establish an honest and accountable structure in the state.
She alleged that the ruling dispensation “has miserably failed to address the genuine grievances of the youth” leading to their disillusionment with the system.
Stating that there was an immediate need to understand the anger and frustration of the youth, she said instead of doing that the National Conference-led government had created “a system which is fully loaded against them”.
She said youths needed meaningful and respectable job avenues and her party “has formulated a comprehensive youth empowerment plan which shall take care of their every need”.
Castigating the government for allegedly betraying unemployed educated youths, Mehbooba said during the last five years the government “has brazenly auctioned government jobs to deprive meritorious and deserving candidates.”
She alleged that all promises made by the NC during the last assembly elections remained only on papers.