Srinagar: In what could be a worrying sign for the educated and jobless youth in Jammu and Kashmir, the unemployment rate in the Union Territory has reached to 25 percent, double than the national average.
Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory, which was stripped off semi-autonomous states by the BJP-led government, last year, has 65 percent population under the age of 35 years. If the official figures are to be believed, 25 percent youth in the Union Territory remain unemployed, despite tall claims of recruitment drives by the successive governments.
“We are facing many challenges. Unemployment is a major concern in J&K. For a single post, thousands of aspirants are applying,” an official said.
To curb unemployment, the official said, the J&K administration has set up year 2025 as its target to create job opportunities.
“The J&K government has sought support of the national-level investors and industry experts in creating robust infrastructure and employment avenues for the youth of J&K,” the official added.
Pertinently, after taking over reigns of Jammu and Kashmir administration, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has repeatedly made assurances to end unemployment in the Union Territory.
“I believe in concrete plans and immediate execution. My idea of Institutional Mechanism under Mission Youth is to ensure that we have a concrete framework and a definite time-line to execute it on the fertile ground that we have prepared,” he recently said.
The LG also beckoned the industrial leaders to partner J&K in formulating and implementing the programme successfully on ground as he assumed that best designs are not what looks good on paper but what works best when implemented on ground.
In the domestic Ease of Doing Business ranking and State Reform Action Plan he said, “We are moving up. By minimizing regulatory burdens, J&K have scored over states like Kerala and Odisha in September’s ranking by the central government.”
He has urged that ways and means should be searched for providing the sustained support to youth as the piecemeal approach has not done any good in the past. Our youth has struggled due to many reasons as lack of avenues regarding job prospects, skill up gradation, recreation abetted by poor educational standards, skill sets are taking toll on them, he added. (KINS)
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