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Rising unemployment in J&K matter of concern: Usman Majid

SRINAGAR: Apni Party Vice President Usman Majid on Friday said the mounting unemployment ratio of Jammu and Kashmir should be a matter of serious concern for the government of India & the UT administration and it should come up with a comprehensive job–creation policy to address this burgeoning issue.

There are 2,50,000 educated youths in Jammu and Kashmir who are bearing the brunt of the lack of employment and struggle to find jobs due to the lack of a job policy — thus pushing them and their families’ backs to the wall. Unemployment in J&K has become a serious concern and the percentage of unemployed youth is increasing with the poor absorption rate, Majid Said

Majid said that unemployment causes depression and pushes youths towards drug addiction. It affects families and society as well. One of the causes behind the rising trend of drug addiction in Kashmir is unemployment. When there are no jobs, it impacts society negatively,” he said.

There are over 60,000 daily wagers, casual labourers, ITI skilled labourers, need-based, contingency paid, consolidated, and NYC workers who are awaiting regularization. These employees are merely on muster rolls and are being paid peanuts in terms of their wages,” Majid said while urging the Central Government & Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha to expedite the regularization cases of the daily wagers.

Similarly, there are hundreds of dental surgeons in Kashmir who are jobless and over the past 10 years, the government has not advertised any openings for dental surgeons in Jammu and Kashmir’s health department. “It is unfortunate that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has not advertised any post of dental surgeons for the past 10 years, which has created a huge gap in the doctor-patient ratio, Majid said, while stressing on the government of India to formulate a special job creation policy for the unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir.

Majid also expressed concern over the Government’s order of engaging retired JEs and AEs on a contractual basis. He appealed LG of J&K Manoj Sinha to intervene in this matter and do needful to boost the morale of young desiring engineers.


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