In the backdrop of attacks in jails, CPI (M) State Secretary Mohammad Yousuf on Friday evening met Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh at his official residence in New Delhi and discussed a number of socio-political issues concerning Jammu and Kashmir besides the safety concerns of Kashmiri prisoners.
While referring to the fatal attacks on Sarbjeet Singh in Pakistan and Sanaullah Ranjay in a Jammu jail, Tarigami has urged the Prime Minister that the governments of India and Pakistan need to come out of their established stands and talk straight facts before things spiral out. He has said, “Both the murderous assaults that took place in Pakistan and Indian jails are equally condemnable.”
Terming the murderous assault on Pakistani citizen inside Jammu jail a blot on the country, the CPI (M) leader told Dr Singh that people in Jammu and Kashmir are disappointed over the fact that whether it is on Sarabjit or Sonaullah the recent attacks on prisoners have strained ties between the two neighboring countries which can have a direct impact on Kashmir.
Echoing the serious concerns and apprehensions about safety and security of Kashmiri prisoners lodged outside J&K, Tarigami has urged the Prime minister to ensure safety and security of Kashmiri prisoners lodged in different jails across the country.
During the one-on-one meeting, the CPI (M) leader has apprised the Prime Minister of his concerns over the growing unemployment in Kashmir and the initiatives that must b taken by the government of India to address this huge problem. Sufferings caused by the massive earthquake in Chenab Valley also surfaced in the meeting.
On growing unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir, the CPI (M) leader has said that presently over 4 lakh youth are unemployed in the state and the number is going to witness a manifold increase in coming years. He has urged the Prime Minister to create opportunities for the unemployed youth of the state by expanding the job market through different projects. He said, “The people of Jammu and Kashmir want government of India’s determination to tackle unemployment crisis by providing ample avenues to youth both in the government and the private sectors.”
Tarigami told the Prime Minister that besides creating employment opportunities in the government sector, the government of India must take serious initiatives motivating the private sector to generate employment avenues for Kashmiri unemployed youth in bulk. He has said skill development programmes can be launched to enable youth to get freely absorbed in the open job market or enter into entrepreneurship arena.
“Be it the border skirmishes, terror attacks or the fatal attacks on prisoners; the people of Jammu and Kashmiri are direct victims of any type of confrontation between India and Pakistan”, Tarigami told the Prime Minister, urging him that the two countries take measures for engagement and reduction in tension and estrangement across the borders.
However, Tarigami has conveyed the Prime Minister that though the lack of economic packages and employment schemes are the major contributors of the dismal situation in the state but in people’s perception, the deep-rooted political uncertainty should not be undermined if the government of India wants to alleviate alienation among people.
On massive earthquake that hit Chenab Valley recently, Tarigami has urged the Prime Minister to extend Leh-type aid and assistance package the quake hit people of the region so that they can rebuild infrastructure in the area. “The region needs a special package for shelter to homeless people and make-shift arrangements for the school going children as most of the schools in the area have collapsed”, he demanded further.