‘Rising unemployment in J&K a matter of grave concern’
SRINAGAR: National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah on Saturday said the youth of Jammu and Kashmir had been left in lurch by a “brazenly nepotistic and anti-youth” government.
Addressing a one-day Youth National Conference Provincial Body Meet at NC headquarters here, Omar said the hard-working, meritorious and qualified youth of the state were being pushed against the wall because of open political patronage to “nepotism” and an “unprecedented chaos” in recruitment, competitive examinations and at service commissions.
He expressed dismay at the continuation of SRO-202 saying “the kith and kin of leaders of the ruling alliance were being directly accommodated into gazetted jobs through the backdoor”.
“We have highly qualified, talented youth who have given their sweat and blood to be equipped with great academic credentials and this government seems hell bent to alienate them after robbing them of their merit and rights,” NC working president said.
Omar said the deteriorating law and order situation and the instability in the state in the past three years had a direct bearing on the future of the youth. “It is the youth that suffers the most due to the government’s inability to preserve and nurture peace and stability. It affects their studies, robs them of employment opportunities and creates a sense of hopelessness that is dangerous considering the circumstances in the state.”
He said the rising unemployment in the state was a matter of grave concern and was a telling indictment of the “failed policies” of the present government.
“Our unemployment numbers are rising and could well have crossed a million unemployed skilled and unskilled young men if an objective analysis is undertaken. With the complete collapse of the tourism sector and zero headway in encouraging a private sector growth, diminishing jobs in the public sector have created an alarming situation. Especially how even those limited jobs in the public sector seem to be reserved for the kith and kin of the ruling alliance leaders.”
The NC working president asked the party’s youth wing to reach out to the youth and empower them politically to become opinion makers and stakeholders in finding solutions to these problems.