Local youth for govt jobs:Non-locals creep into other modes of employment

Srinagar—With unem­ployment touching new scales in Jammu and Kash­mir, where around six lakh youth are jobless and are just waiting for govern­ment jobs, it has turned into a good opportunity for the non-locals to creep into the other modes of employ­ment in Kashmir.

In and around Lal Chowk- the commercial hub of Kashmir valley, where on daily basis the business worth crores are being done; one finds every third person who owns a stall a non-local, who have come from differ­ent parts of India.

While the non-local labor­ers had already taken the jobs of carpenters, painters and other related skills from the Kashmiris, some left out things like shop-keeping and other stall owners are slowly being taken over by the non- Kashmiris.

The trend puts a question mark if government job is the only thing a Kashmiri youth needs to generate his income.

At Sarai-Bala, which hous­es the Dastageer Sahab shrine and remains flooded with peo­ple, almost every stall owner selling different day-to-day items are non-locals.

Would you imagine, a non-local vendor who sells (pea and peanuts), said he earns between 2 to 2.5 lakh in winter season-which spans six months.

“I pay in advance a pay­ment of Rs 1.5 lakhs to the per­son who provides peanuts. If you don’t pay the amount early you would not get the stock on time. I am satisfied with the job,” said a peanut seller, Saleem from UP.

Unemployment occurs when people are without work and actively seeking work.

Though, the government under various schemes and flagship programs provide entrepreneurship oppor­tunities to the local youth, most of these programs ended up in failure.

Muhammad Shafi, an industrialist, says govern­ment has been very slow in tapping some of the produc­tive employment generat­ing sectors such as commer­cial floriculture, fisheries, forest, horticulture and ag­riculture based industries.

Tourism players say youth or the new comers are apprehensive to invest in this sector as tourism is universally known as a peace time activity. Peace in Kashmir is very fragile,” they say. (KNS)

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