Army’s ‘Goodwill Operation’ Employs 10 Kashmiri Youth

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KL Report 

SRINAGAR

Army Recruitment Rally in this file pic.

Army Recruitment Rally in this file pic.

Amid outcry created by the new dispensation’s new job policy, the army continue to provide employment to Kashmiri youth under its much-touted ‘Goodwill Operation’.

The defence spokesman said that army provided employment to a group of ten youth.

“These youth have been provided employment under Project Aasra—an initiative under Sadhbhavana Project of Chinar Corps,” defence spokesman NN Joshi said in a statement.

“The youth,” Joshi said, “are being employed by Safe Express, a logistics company.”

He said the youth will be trained for three months at Indore, where they will be provided with “free food, accommodation, training and stipend of Rs 2500”.

“After successful training,” he said, “the youth would be given employment starting form Rs 15000/- in logistics based companies.”

It is second batch under Aasra Project, he said, and youth were selected by Boniyar (Baramulla) camped army.

“The GOC of the Baramulla Division Maj Gen Raj Shukla, interacted with the youth and motivated them to work hard and utilise this opportunity to progress ahead in life,” Joshi said. “He exhorted the youth to explore new avenues in life and constructively contribute towards the society.”

Notably, in the unemployment-marred state, the army is fast turning out to be a ‘reckoning’ employer. Recently some 20,000 youth turned up in Srinagar for some 50 odd army advertised jobs. Besides the army recruitment rallies held last month witnessed massive youth rush—making certain quarters to speculate that army is stepping in state’s shoes.

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