No quick fixes

Unemployment indubitably is one of the biggest problems dogging the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Left unattended, the problem over the years seems to have grown beyond the capacity and capability of any dispensation to effectively deal with. Nonetheless, the political parties under the impulse of populism ahead of every election throw the bait of jobs to the gullible. Indeed this populism of jobs is not unique to Kashmir, but what strikingly sets Jammu and Kashmir apart from most other states in India is that the political dispensations here post-election shrug off their responsibility to address this major problem. Populism aside, there is really an urgent need for the government in Jammu and Kashmir to take effective steps to address it. To begin with, it has to appreciate that creating jobs in the public sector is no solution to the burgeoning unemployment problem in the state. No quick fixes could really work. A comprehensive and long term policy could do.  Jammu and Kashmir can take cue from several other states that during the last one or two decades have brought down the graph of unemployment. Although getting outside investments for private sector development — that holds key to creating jobs in modern economies— would be relatively difficult for Jammu and Kashmir for obvious reasons, the state could work upon its core competencies and devise plans to revive, consolidate and bring about boom in the traditional sectors of Kashmir economy. We hardly need to remind the government three big industries of Kashmir— horticulture, handicraft and tourism, crave for investment, technology and professionalism. We need to promote these three sectors in a big way. Facilitation of technological and financial support by the government to these sectors could do wonders. Growth in these sectors could create thousands of vacancies. State sector is already consuming a huge amount of our annual budgets on account of salaries and pension payments, leaving little with us to spend on infrastructure development and upgradation of certain other important sectors. Once Kashmir promotes its core competencies, the unproductive expenditure in the state sector could come down leaving us with sufficient amount of funds for infra development. Is anybody listening!

Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 1 May 2013 00:00:00 IST

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