Successive Governments Failed To Address Unemployment Problem: AMM

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Kashmir is essentially a political problem which can be resolved through a sustained and meaningful political process, believes the leadership of Awami Mutahida Mahaz (AMM) which met here Saturday and took of present political situation of the state and adopted the following resolution. They also said that the burning issues confronting people of Jammu and Kashmir particularly the unemployed youth cannot be postponed till the political part of the problem is addressed.

The meeting was attended by State Secretary CPI (M) Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, Chairman PDF Hakim Mohammad Yaseen, President JKNDF Abdul Rashid Kabuli and LJP leader Sanjay Saraf.

As per a statement the leadership said, one of the burning issues which was adding to the atmosphere of uncertainty and alienation, is the alarming rate of unemployment in the state.  It is not a matter of serious concern only but if it this issue is further delayed it will become worse to handle.

“On one side the rate of unemployed youth is increasing day-by-day and on the other hand the government’s lax attitude is brewing a perception among people that recruitment drive has been deferred to meet partisan political interests in view of the coming elections.”

The statement further quotes the economic survey where in it has been mentioned that there are over 6.01 lakh unemployed youth who are registered in various district employment exchanges in Jammu and Kashmir. The Government is yet to finalize operational modalities for engagement of 43000 casual labourers.

“On one side the government shows its helplessness to engage daily wagers, casual labourers and need based workers and at the same time re-employ officers without any utility. The fallout of such an extension given in Board of Professional Entrance Examination (BOPEE) is an eye opener in this regard,” reads statement.

The leadership has further said that the credibility of recruitment agencies was already on its lowest ebb and now the BOPEE paper-leak scam has further eroded the credibility of these agencies.

“We have been consistently demanding that marks allotted to candidates in viva voce is prone to manipulations hence these points need to be reduced and the whole examination process itself be video graphed and full details of results publicized to ensure transparency.”

“An instance is that of over 8000 youth who were engaged as National Youth Corps (NYC) but soon after their absorption they were disengaged and left to run from pillar to post for their genuine demands.

Similarly, casual, need based and daily wagers working in PDD, PHE, Irrigation and other departments are not being paid their wages since long. We ask the government that how long these youth who work on meagre wages will live on hollow promises. People who act as backbones of the centrally sponsored schemes like ICDS, NRHM, ASHA and other schemes are being provided meagre honorarium and incentives which too are not being provided in time,” it adds.

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