Unemployment Rising

The growing ranks of the educated unemployed in the state is emerging as the single most threat to the social stability in the state. According to the figures, there are around six lakh unemployed youth in the state and only a modest proportion of them could hope to get a government job, the state's only reliable source of livelihood. But despite that the issue hardly makes it to the political discourse in the state. The political class is shy of raising the issues of corruption, environment and unemployment as doing so would not only reflect their poor performance but also generate public expectations that they cannot fulfill. At the same time, issue of unemployment is very complex and difficult to resolve. JK Government which for decades has been the sole job provider to the youth in Kashmir is no longer in position to do it. New jobs in the government offer paltry remuneration for five years for the new recruits before the regularization of their services. This policy has been primarily designed to deprive the government jobs of their appeal for the new generation. Working for a pittance for the precious five years of their life in the hope of a permanent job with a modest salary and career prospects   makes no sense for a large section of the educated youth.  But the problem is that the government has struggled to offer an alternative to the youth. True, there are central government sponsored schemes like Udaan, Himayat, Mufeed which are geared to address the unemployment problem in the state by training and placing Kashmiri youth in India’s corporate sector. There is still a long way to go before these schemes make any redeeming difference. However, state government has been unable to create credible alternative job prospects within the state.  This would require a robust effort to persuade India Inc to invest in Valley, preferably in the services sector where Valley offers environmental advantages over other states of India. Though in the early part of his tenure Chief Minister Omar Abdullah had acted pro-actively to persuade some major corporate houses, Essar being one of them,  to set up their units in Kashmir, the effort has slackened now. The government needs to re-invigorate the effort and make it ongoing. There is no alternative to this. In the long term, J-K needs a viable private sector if the government has to tide over the rampant unemployment in the state.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST




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