Assembly: Will Continue with Modified SKEWPY, says FinMin

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Dr Haseeb A Drabu
Dr Haseeb A Drabu

Jammu and Kashmir Government on Monday said that it is continuing with “Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth” (SKEWPY), however, it will be modified.

Responding to former CM and Leader of Opposition, Omar Abdullah’s concern, J&K FinMin, DR Haseeb A Drabu told the Lower House of J&K legislature, “I have been part of SKEWPY at its initial stage but given the track record of the scheme, our government is working on it and will modify it before we launch it again.”

During Question Hour, Omar Abdullah had accused that PDP led coalition government had abandoned the SKEWPY because it had “Sher-e-Kashmir as prefix”. “I have no issue if you change its name but why have you abandoned it when you yourself helped my government in formulating the scheme,” Omar told FinMin Drabu.

Omar said, “it is not going to help me personally but lakhs of unemployed youth of J&K.”

“Our policy is to mitigate problem of our youth in way of giving jobs,” Dr Drabu replied, “we don’t get in to such petty (changing names) issues.”

He said, “names to schemes are given by governments, why should it bother us.”

Given the track, Dr Drabu told the house, “I have already explained it here that we are modifying it (SKEWPY) and will continue with it.”

In another question by Congress’ Vikar Rasool, Dr Drabu said that government needs to increase public expenditure. “This way we will be able to generate employment.” He identified Industries and agriculture sectors where investment is needed.

Vikar Rasool had objected to giving “preference to non-locals in projects underway in J&K particularly in his constituency in Railways and other road projects”.

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