Jammu and Kashmir government has failed to fill more than 21,000 posts in the state departments, despite JK having highest number of unemployment ratio in the country, an official report has revealed.
As per the official data of General Administration Department (GAD), the JK has 21,717 vacancies, including 18,300 non-gazetted posts and 3,417 gazetted posts, in various government departments. The maximum posts are vacant in School and Higher Education department.
Ironically, the government job in JK remains the first preference of youth given political uncertainties and lack of private investment in the state. As per the data, there are 7,184 vacancies in the Education department, of which Higher Education department has as many as 1,288 posts including 1,162 gazetted and 126 non-gazetted posts. In School Education department there are 5,896 vacancies of which 1,059 are gazetted and 4,837 are non-gazetted posts.
The Education department is followed by Health and Medical Education Department which has 3, 225 vacant posts, of which 400 are gazetted and 2,825 are non- gazetted posts.
Data reveals that Forest Department has 1,851 vacant posts, Finance Department, 1,685, Revenue Department, 1,720 posts, while the departments including Social Welfare, Public Works and Public Health Engineering have 758, 719 and 962, vacant posts, respectively.
As per the official figures, the Agriculture Department has 325 vacant posts, Cooperative department has 3 vacant posts, General Administration department, 86, Industries and Commerce department has 427 vacant posts, data states.
Other departments, including Technical Education and Youth Services and Sports, Tourism & Rural Development, and Power Development, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Estates, Election and Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Departments have vacancies ranging to around 2772 posts collectively.
However, government in its report has stated that they have referred 1610 posts to Jammu and Kashmir Public Service Commission (JKPSC) and another 4995 posts to Jammu and Kashmir Service Selection Board (JKSSB) during the past two years.
To mention, unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir is higher than average national unemployment rate, with JK having 24.6 percent population in the age of (18-29 years) unemployed which is far more than All India unemployment rate of 13.2 percent, reveals the official report.
JK which is already facing the brunt of turmoil resulting in negligible investments with business marred by uncertainties, the unemployment rate indicates the problems which educated youth in Kashmir go through. "In JK, unemployment rate is 24.6 percent using Usual Principal Status (UPS) approach, while as the persons in the age of 18-29 years had UR 13.2 percent at the All India Level using UPS approach," states the Economic Survey Report 2016.