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Rising unemployment in J&K should be matter of serious concern for govt: Altaf Bukhari
12/2/2020 11:45:22 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, Dec 2 : Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Wednesday said the mounting unemployment ratio of Jammu and Kashmir should be a matter of serious concern for the Government of India and it should come up with a comprehensive job–creation policy to address this burgeoning issue. Addressing DDC election campaign convention at Handwara, Bukhari said the number of J&K’s highly qualified youth who applied for Class 4 jobs advertised recently should act as an eye opener for the policy planners in New Delhi. “Around 600,000 educated youth had applied for 10,000 Class IV jobs including 1800 Accounts Assistant posts, indicating the level of unemployment in J&K. The Government of India should also imagine the level of frustration among our highly qualified unemployed youth,” Bukhari remarked. Referring to a recent survey, Bukhari said 2.5 lakh educated unemployed youth including PhD scholars, M. Phil students and postgraduates were registered with the department of employment during a drive last year to count the number of jobless people in J&K. This number, he said, excludes the graduates, undergraduates and those who did not opt for registration at the employment department. “Similarly, there are over 60,000 daily wagers, casual labourers, ITI skilled labourers, need based, contingency paid, consolidated, and NYC workers who are awaiting regularization. These employees are merely on muster rolls and are being paid peanuts in terms of their wages,” the Apni Party president said while urging the Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to expedite the regularization cases of the daily wagers. Bukhari said the most of the unemployed youth genuinely blame decades old mis-governance, poor administration and rampant corruption in the corridors of power that has pushed Jammu and Kashmir.
to record second worst unemployment rate among states/union territories in the country.
He said addressing unemployment would be one of the biggest challenges before the Apni Party. “We are trying our best to chalk out a blueprint for addressing this humane problem. Apni Party believes that the youth of J&K are full of potential and what they need is to channelize their positive vibes and energies with dignified avenues for their sustainable livelihood,” he observed.
He regretted that one of the significant causes behind the rising drug addiction in Kashmir is unemployment. “Due to unemployment, marriages are not held at a proper time. It also causes depression and pushes youths towards drug addiction,” Bukhari said, while stressing on the government of India to formulate a special job creation policy for the unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir.
Bukhari said the Apni Party owes its existence to the people of J&K especially its youth who had yearned for change. “A change required not only in the style of governance but in political philosophy and its practice on the ground,” he remarked.
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