Few months back, the government declared the fast track policy for subsequent job advertisements. This policy has had a mixed response from the people. No doubt unemployment is at its peak in Jammu and Kashmir and such policies constitute a good step towards reducing the mounting unemployment in the state. But let us take a look at how successful this policy has proven to be. JKSSB issued an Advertisement Notice No. 05 of 2015, Dated: 01.09.2015. The notice stated that for all posts except junior agriculture extension officer, a written examination would be held. But so far, not even the syllabus has been provided to the aspiring candidates.
Recently at the SKUAST (Jammu) convocation, Honorable Chief Minister highlighted that any research, if not made available to the farming community, is of no use. On one hand, the state government is stressing that we should focus more on agriculture in order to cut import of food grains. This indeed is the need of the hour because thanks to the National Food Security Mission, even our basic food requirements are not being fulfilled. But the lackadaisical attitude of the state governement towards agriculture will not only increase our dependence on imported food but also result in an end to our own bio diversity.
I called the JKSSB helpline many times, but all in vain. The office assured me that the syllabus would be uploaded within a weeks time, but so far nothing has been uploaded. Most of the population of our Valley primarily depend on agriculture. Keeping this in mind, there is an utmost need to develop this sector and incorporate newer techniques so that our Valley becomes food sufficient. Why is the agricultural sector still so neglected by the authorities? Are our other sectors so well developed that the government feels that there is no use to develop our agricultural sector?
It is common knowledge that few people prefer choosing agriculture as their profession nowadays. There can be many reasons behind this, but the factor that is most responsible for this is that agricultural graduates have been neglected time and again. If the governments claims of working towards developing the agricultural sector were sincere, the government wouldnt have delayed recruitment of the agricultural graduates. In our Valley, the saying that seedhi ungli se kabhi ghee nahi nikalta holds very true. Unless and until we agricultural graduates dont demand our rights and fight to end this discrimination against us, no one is going to help us. So it is my humble request to all agricultural graduates, let us join hands and fight for our right.
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