Stating that unemployment in J&K was a major concern, Congress leader and MLA Banihal, Vikaar Rasool, on Wednesday said Kashmir witnessed participation of educated youth in unrest due to frustration of unemployment.
Speaking on debate on grants for industries and commerce department in the Assembly, Rasool asked the department to promote industrial sector at district level than state or division level.
"Handicrafts should be promoted in districts as it is promoted in place like Vietnam," he said, adding that the government figures have revealed that over 80,000 educated unemployed youth were registered in the state. "It is a major concern."
It may be recalled that the J&K government recently informed the House that 88040 educated unemployed youth were registered in the state. The revelation was made by the finance minister to a query raised by MLA Sat Paul Sharma during the question hour of the ongoing session of the Legislative Assembly.
NC MLA from Ganderbal, Ishfaq Jabbar, accused the department of forcing youth to pick up gun and said government was giving contracts to people from Punjab and Chandigarh.
"People from outside state who have been given the contract for sand extraction will use machines which will weaken the banks of the rivers and result in more intense disasters than 2014 floods," Jabbar said.
"Local people used to extract sand manually but you have snatched this job from them. People in my area say that they will pick up gun if job of sand extraction is snatched from them," he said.
MLA Ganderbal said the industries department was running various schemes but there is lack of awareness among people.
"Particularly Khadi and Village Industries Board has failed to make awareness among people," he said