SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, on Tuesday said that those who seek government employment first will have to ensure peace in Valley.
Appealing youth to help the government in restoring peace in Valley and get jobs in different departments, she claimed that a dozen of youth who had picked up guns were brought back to their homes in last ninety days.
Addressing a youth convention of her Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) here, Mehbooba said, I am happy to see that at least a dozen of local youth who had picked up guns were brought back to their homes from past two or three months. I wont say that they surrendered as they are my family members and I am happy to see them back to their homes.
The youth who were acting as her bodyguards are having stones in their hands at present. I feel hurt when I see stones in the hands of the youth who earlier acted as my bodyguards whenever I visited their villages, she told the youth PDP supporters. I want to tell you that give me peace in the Valley and I will provide you jobs in different departments including Tourism, PHE, Traffic and others.
Mehbooba said that she would urge the Prime Minister to visit the Valley regarding the employment of the unemployed youth. We wont allow the youth to pick up tich tich (guns) as we will try to provide more and more jobs to the unemployed youth of the Valley, CM said.
PDP Stitched Alliance with BJP For Youth: CM
Asking youth to support the Government in realizing its political and developmental agenda, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday said that the present alliance in Jammu & Kashmir was stitched solely for the welfare of youth and getting the State out of its difficulties.
Addressing a gathering of youth here today, the Chief Minister said, :the objective while forming the Government in the State was to ensure youth of the State a secure future by way of political stability and economic prosperity. For this purpose the two parties (PDP and BJP) came together, though it was a very difficult decision on the part of both the parties and many other easy options of power sharing were also available.
Mehbooba Mufti asked youth to play a positive role by helping in maintaining peace in the State so that her Government is able to pursue the agenda of development and discourse in the State. She regretted that the dialogue process in the State got stuck during the last decade or so and youth of the State had to pay a heavy price for this political drought, an official spokesperson said.
The Chief Minister asked youth to factor in their role in this whole canvas by ensuring peace and harmony in the State. This, she said, automatically results in creating a congenial atmosphere of friendship between the two countries as the situation in Jammu & Kashmir has a direct bearing on the relations between the two neighbouring countries.
Peace in the State alone can ensure that political process takes off and more opportunities of employment for the youth are created, she said.
The Chief Minister said, it was satisfying to see Prime Minister, Narendra Modi taking up the threads to reach out to Pakistan by first inviting its Prime Minister to his swearing in and later visiting the country in December, 2015 though it could not be done during the decade long rule of the previous regime in New Delhi. Though the effort hasnt yet delivered the ultimate results due to some unfortunate developments following immediately, but she said she is hopeful that we would be able to embark on a path of reconciliation and friendship which is in the ultimate interests of people of both the countries.
Mehbooba Mufti asked the youth to get themselves associated with the decision making process in the State and join the forthcoming Panchayat elections in good numbers. Government would review the cases of the youth who were not seriously involved in any anti-social activity and also the families of the affected youth would also be given proper rehabilitation.
Terming unemployment as a major challenge of present times, Mehbooba Mufti said that her Government is exploring possibilities of increasing employment opportunities for youth in the State by inviting investors, developing tourism and horticulture. She said that she is convinced about the talent and abilities of youth of the State which she said needs opportunity to be recognized and honed.
1100 Girls Get Scooties
Extending further the benefits of CM Scooty Scheme, Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday distributed scooties among the 50 meritorious girl students of the district here.
Addressing the students on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the aim of launching the scheme is to provide better mobility to girl students so that they can chase their dreams in a better way and without any difficulty. She hoped the scheme would instil confidence among the girl students and they can concentrate better on studies and bring laurels to their parents and society.
Mehbooba Mufti said keeping the same objective in mind, her Government ordered the start of a ladies bus service in the capital cities of Srinagar and Jammu for the convenience of women commuters and possibilities would be explored to extend the said service to other districts as well.
The Chief Minister expressed satisfaction over the successful execution of the scheme and advised the students who got the scooties today to use the same while observing proper traffic norms. She said she was happy today that girl students from Ganderbal have joined this scheme which would give them a logistic and psychological advantage in their lives.
The scheme, it may be recalled, was launched by the Chief Minister in September last year and so far 1100 girl students from different colleges of the State have been covered under it. Under the scheme, 50% subsidy is provided by the Government to meritorious girl students for buying scooties.
Earlier in his address, Minister for Education, Syed Altaf Bukhari thanked the Chief Minister for taking keen interest in the education sector, particularly education of girls in the State. He said the Department would strive to improve the standards of education in the State to make it comparable with the best in India.
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