Manmohan Reviews Job Plan For Jammu And Kashmir26 September 2010
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked members of an expert group formed by him last month to prepare a job plan for Jammu and Kashmir to ensure that the employment opportunities generated are sustainable. The State has some three lakh unemployed youths. Dr. Singh's directive came on Saturday when he reviewed the progress of the tasks assigned to the group, which is headed by the former Reserve Bank of India Governor, C. Rangarajan. “The Prime Minister desired,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said, “that the group take into account all relevant aspects like skill enhancement, education and appropriate involvement of civil society and industry, so that employment opportunities generated are sustainable.” He also asked the group members to give due regard to equity considerations and ensure that all regions of the State, all sectors of the economy, different levels of skill and both genders were adequately represented. The group assured the Prime Minister that their report would be ready within three months and outlined the short and long-term measures being considered to enhance employment opportunities and improve the employability of the people. The other members of the committee are N.R. Narayana Murthy, Tarun Das, P. Nanda Kumar, Shaqueel Qalander and an official representative of the State government. Not for separatists Meanwhile, even as the hardline Hurriyat Conference dismissed the eight-point package worked out by the Cabinet Committee on Security on Saturday, Minister of State in the PMO Prithviraj Chavan told journalists here on Sunday: “It is a package not for the separatists but for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. I am sure when the package unfolds, the intention of the government to sooth the frayed tempers comes to the fore, there will be a positive reaction.” More needs to be done: CPI(M) The eight-point proposal is a step in the right direction. However, it is insufficient. More needs to be done to instil confidence in the people and help to restore peace and normality, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said on Sunday. Compensation The announcement of release of young men put in jail for stone throwing, review of detentions under the Public Safety Act and compensation for the families of those killed was welcome. But it was also necessary to provide compensation to those injured in police firing and for rehabilitation of those permanently incapacitated, a Polit Bureau statement said here. There had to be a change in the police methods of tackling protesters indulging in stone throwing. The promise to review location of bunkers in Srinagar city and the proclamation of the Disturbed Areas Act should be acted on expeditiously. Finally, the group of interlocutors for holding dialogue should primarily be political in nature. Only a political exercise could help to initiate and sustain dialogue.