Unrest Triggers Unemployment: Omar3 March 2011
Srinagar: Terming security and unemployment as his government’s major challenges, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Thursday said 20 years of perpetual strife has been feeding unemployment in Kashmir. He also termed the job plan report prepared by Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council as a road map towards tackling unemployment in the State. “I have often remarked that my government faces two challenges. One is of maintaining harmonious security environment, which include law and order and militancy. Second is unemployment. The first problem feeds the second one,” he said. Omar said he was extremely happy to see C Rangarajan, head of the committee, unveil the report saying that it seeks to address problem of employment and employability as well. “In JK job means government job only. Unfortunately, the government is not able to absorb the youth beyond a certain capacity. The road map will help in a long way to tackle with unemployment and to prepare skilled youth,” he said after receiving a copy of the report from Rangarajan. The chief minister said his government would ensure that the youth are selected in a transparent manner so that talented youth get their due share. It would be the primary responsibility of the government to implement recommendations in letter and spirit in the State, he added. Omar said the financial position of the State can be gauged from the fact that in 2001-2002, the salary bill of the State was just Rs 3500 crore. “It jumped to Rs 14000 crore in 2010-11,” he said. He said the Rangarajan’s road map coupled with Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Scheme for Youth would help overcome the problem of employment. “Besides, the Overseas Employment Corporation will also help sending JK youth to various countries. Unfortunately, there is a dip in the job market at the global level. Once things would improve, we would be able to send more youth abroad,” Omar said. He said Prime Minister’s employment package would also engage 16000 youth. “All efforts coupled with the policies already in place will help to deal with the problem of unemployment effectively,” he said. As per the government figures, there are 5.96 lakh unemployed educated youth in the State. Minister for Higher Education and Labour, Abdul Gani Malik, MoS Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani and many government officers were present on the occasion.