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Unemployment surges to alarming heights in J&K, BJP pushed youth towards wall: Sadhotra
6/24/2024 10:09:47 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, June 24: National Conference Additional General Secretary Mr Ajay Kumar Sadhotra today expressed grave concern over burgeoning unemployment problem in Jammu and Kashmir, saying this has surged to unprecedented heights in the recent years with the Double Engine Sarkar's administration demonstrating sadistic insensitivity in addressing the issues and pushing educated unemployed to wall and drugs addiction.
Addressing a meeting at Shiv Nagar which was organized by Mr Gourav Bhagat, Mr Sadhotra questioned the seriousness of the Double Engine Sarkar in addressing the unemployment crisis, saying no effort is being made to fill the huge vacancies in various departments. Whatever little posts advertised fell prey to scandals and scams perpetrated by those manning the affairs of the governance, he lamented.
In this context Mr Sadhotra referred to the scams involving recruitment to the posts of Police Sub Inspectors, Junior Engineers and Accounts Assistants in the recent past and said this speaks volumes about the gravity of malpractices being patronised by the administration. He held the BJP responsible for playing with the future of young people, who are losing patience and suffering from depression. Some of them have taken to drugs in sheer frustration, he added.
Seems to be just tip of the iceberg. Nobody knows the sanctity of interviews or tests held for filling up various categories of posts during this period, as the surfacing of scams have cast doubt over the selection process. He said the BJP cannot absolve itself from trampling the trust of the meritorious and deserving youth, he said.
The NC Additional General Secretary described unemployment as a major issue plaguing Jammu and Kashmir and sought a clear cut roadmap for tackling the concerns of youth, who are finding themselves in a situation of despair and hopelessness. Not only educated but skilled and unskilled youth are grappling with unemployment due to multiple reasons like economic slowdown and lack of industrial and corporate sector here. Continued unemployment has brought despondency among youth, he said and urged the administration to focus towards this end since the future of lakhs of youth is in jeopardy.
Sadhotra called for multi-pronged strategy to tackle the burgeoning unemployment problem, including expediting recruitment process to a significant number of vacancies available in various government departments. This will address the major concern of the educated unemployed particularly those nearing over-age. He said the unemployment problem cannot be put under the carpet for a long time keeping in view the frustration gripping the youth.
Taking the BJP head on for its anti youth policies, Mr Sadhotra referred to Agniveer Scheme and said this is not only detrimental to the nation's defense forces but also a huge disincentive for the youth aspiring to serve the country. The scheme has impacted Jammu, like other parts of the country, as sizeable number of youth have passion to join the country's defence forces. He said the lack of job security and uncertain future prospects for Agniveers after their four-year service term is a huge dis-motivation for the young people. This too has added to the vexed unemployment problem, he added.
Many people led by Gourav Bhagat joined National Conference. Mr Sadhotra welcomed the new entrants and hoped that their joining will strengthen our party and the leadership Dr Farooq Abdullah and Omar Abdullah.
Others who spoke on the occasion are Chander Mohan Sharma District President Urban, Raghubir Singh District President Rural, Tilak Raj Bhagat Distt Secretary Rural NC, Rakesh Sharma Distt Youth President Rural, Tajinder Singh Distt Youth President Jammu Urban, S Gurnam Singh Block President, Sahil Singh Chib Distt Youth Secretary, Master Om Parkash Bhagat.
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