Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah on Monday expressed concern over the soaring unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir and increased incidents of suicide among youth.
He was speaking during a meeting of Party’s constituency in-charges of North Kashmir’s Baramulla District at party headquarters Nawa-e-Subha, Srinagar.
He said the increased occurrence of suicides in Kashmir is a physical manifestation of the sordid anti youth policies of the incumbent government pushing already aggrieved educated and skilled youth towards wall.
He said the successive clamp down and Covid induced lock downs have further compounded the woes of J&K youth by choking the already constrained job sector. He said that there are thousands of unemployed Medics, Para Medics, Engineers, Graduates and Post Graduates waiting for job openings. The situation, he said, has become much worse as the industrial sector, which is supposed to absorb the unemployed youths, continues to struggle.
He also said that what little opportunities were provided by local tourism, manufacturing, handicraft and transportation sectors have also been clogged by the predatory impact of tumultuous situations since August 2019 in the shape of successive lock downs and weather vagaries.
“The economy of J&K, it goes without saying, is at the brink of collapse. There is no sector of Jammu & Kashmir’s economy — be it tourism, horticulture, transport, or trade — that hasn’t suffered losses in the past two years. Our local Economy is already on its deathbed due to the ravaging deluge of 2014 followed by the demonetization and then successive lockdowns, the Series of occurrences over the years also had a backbreaking impact on the people. The ongoing crisis has diminished all hopes of economic revival,” he said, adding that the recently announced economic package is insufficient to bring the ailing economy of JK back.
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