NC’s Sadhotra Accuses BJP For Pushing J&K Into Crisis

SRINAGAR: Former minister and senior National Conference leader Ajay Kumar Sadhotra on Friday expressed grave concern over Jammu and Kashmir becoming worst part of the country with unemployment rate rising to 22.4 percent last month due to callous approach of the insensitive government, resulting in desperation and despondency engulfing the educated unemployed.

“This is the real face of Jammu and Kashmir and not the one being trumpeted and showcased by the BJP led Central government and the UT government as ‘Naya Jammu and Kashmir,” Sadotra said while reacting to the Report from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE).

He said this is a reflection on those patting their backs and unleashing high voltage propaganda rather than taking a pragmatic approach towards ending the burgeoning unemployment problem.

The problems concerning youth should not have been allowed to fall in the din of propaganda and serious efforts should have been taken to find-out a viable roadmap to generate employment and fill up the existing vacancies on the fast track basis. Putting this burgeoning issue under the carpet could have serious ramifications for youth, who are feeling a sense of neglect and deprivation. Ironically, the dispensations that ought to have been proactive in addressing this vexed problem, presided over the sad state of affairs that saw major recruitment scams in the examinations held for selection of Sub Inspectors in Police, JEs and Accounts Assistants, he said.

Sadhotra described the CMIE data as a matter of concern, which should be taken note of in order to take corrective measures in addressing the issue of unemployment on priority in this sensitive border state. He said jobs to youth will pave the way for economic renaissance, as Jammu and Kashmir lacks the corporate or industrial sectors and hence the government jobs alone are hope for the youth.

The former minister said that an impression is sought to be created, especially for the past three years that it will be ‘shining Naya Jammu and Kashmir’ but unfortunately that is nowhere to be seen.

The fallout of the false promises and hopes has been the youth getting frustrated and pushed to the wall, he added.

Sadhotra asked the government to read writing on the wall and take immediate measures in providing jobs to youth by organizing special drives, not only in filling up the whopping number of vacancies, but undertaking special drives in police and the para-military forces especially in the rural areas, he said, adding that Jammu and Kashmir cannot live with the stigma of being the worst state of the country in respect of unemployment.

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