Srinagar: National Conference (NC) President Farooq Abdullah Tuesday said that the prolonged uncertainty in J&K was taking a heavy toll on every sector, saying the depth of Kashmir's suffering goes beyond economic catastrophe.
A statement of NC said that addressing a gathering at Bandipora, Abdullah said, “Kashmir has subsided from the memory of the rulers in New Delhi. However, the situation on the ground contradicts the government’s claim. The uncertainty on all fronts – political, economic and educational - has only deepened since 2019. Our youth continue to be at the receiving end of it. Repeated assurances and promises by the government to create new jobs and fill the existing vacancies have not fructified. Thousands of daily wage workers working in different departments are suffering but nothing substantial is being done to address their long pending issues.”
The three-time chief minister said that no adequate revival and sustenance package for traders, artisans, horticulturalists, manufacturers and daily wagers had further aggravated the scenario.
“The much-touted new dawn turned out to be a dreadful night for the people,” he said. Abdullah said that the J&K youth were sinking under the weight of the incumbent administration's indifference.
“The mounting evidence is in the form of widespread and scathing unemployment and job losses resulting in their continuing alienation and frustration,” he said.
The NC president said that the incumbent administration’s lack of interest in the needs of the youth had also incurred a cost in terms of their physical and mental health.
“Mired by hopelessness and anxiety, our youth are taking to drug addiction and substance abuse. The situation is very grim and our youth are living the grimmest nightmare,” he said.