Former minister and senior leader, National Conference (NC), Ajay Sadhotra today said that the PDP-BJP Government is pushing youth towards wall as there is no employment policy for them.
While addressing youth National Conference workers at Marh, he expressed his serious concern over the rising unemployment in the state.
He said that present government has adopted anti-youth policies and there is fast growing alienation among youth. Central government has announced recruitment of ten thousand SPOs but it is unfortunate that minimum qualification for SPOs has been kept Matric instead of Undermatric, he said.
Prior to it, minimum qualification for appointment of SPOs was Undermatric and the middle class young boys had an opportunity to apply for government job, he said.
By keeping Matric as minimum qualification for SPOs, the government has closed the avenues of the employment for youth of the society which is likely to create unrest among the Undermatric youth, he said.
Sadhotra demanded that minimum qualification for recruitment of SPOs, Constables and Class-IV should be Undermatric instead of Matric so that the big chunk of Undermatric youth could also have a chance.
He said that tall claims of skill development among the youth are also not visible on the ground. The time will come when there will be acute shortage of drivers, automobile mechanics, plumbers, masons, electricians etc, he added.
The government should take immediate steps for skill development with proper placement of the youth, he demanded.
Meanwhile, hundreds of youth from PDP, BJP and Congress joined the National Conference on the occasion. Sadhotra welcomed the youth who joined National Conference and expressed confidence that joining of the youth will strengthen National Conference and its leadership.
He said National Conference is committed to secularism, socialism and democracy. He asked the youth to strengthen secularism as some elements with vested interests are bent upon creating communal tension in Jammu.
Those who joined NC included, Sohan Lal, Kamal Kishore, Raman Kumar, Raju Chib, Gabbar Singh, Sunny Singh, S. Niru Singh, Surjeet Singh, Lovely Phaggu Sharma, Sohan Sharma, Ravinder Singh, Sahil, Sunil, Sahil Singh, Vicky Thappa, Vipan Thappa, Bodh Raj and others.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Pt. Jagdish Raj, Swaran Singh, Sub. Ghasita Ram, Master Prem Saini, Piar Singh, Charan Dass, Ex-Sarpanch, Harnam Singh, Rakesh Sharma, Raman Singh, Puran Chand, Gopal Sharma and Sunny Sharma.