Srinagar, Nov 9: Notwithstanding the inclement weather, hundreds of youth Monday turned up in the talent hunt organised by the Indian Youth Congress here at party headquarters to select the President and office bearers for the State Youth Congress.
The selection committee comprising senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and President All India Youth Congress, Ashok Tanwar, interviewed the youth throughout the day as hundreds of them waited in long queues in the corridors, staircases and in the courtyard of the party office.
Many youth, whom this reporter talked with, said that it was a worthwhile opportunity which they wanted to avail.
"I have done my bachelors degree in science and for the past two years I have been sitting idle in my home. I read in the newspapers about this hunt so I thought of appearing in the interview," said Tufail Ahmad, who had come from Bandipora.
Many other youth voiced similar views.
Talking to reporters, Tytler said the response to the talent hunt has been very good. "You can see youth have come from far-off areas in hundreds despite bad weather. Since morning we have interacted with 50 of them and one of them will be State Youth Congress President," he said.
He said the hunt has been organised on the directions of AICC General Secretary, Rahul Gandhi, to select district and State Youth Congress President. "We want to rope in sharp minded youth from non-political background who have the ability to shoulder the responsibilities," he said, adding that party's focus was more on rural areas.
The Congress has already dissolved the previous body of Youth Congress relieving the president, Muhammad Amin Bhat. The party had said that anyone less than 35 years of age could appear in the hunt.
The selection committee would shortlist the candidates and send its recommendations to Rahul Gandhi who would then give them the party membership.
"More than 800 had turned up in the event. About 300 were interviewed by the selection committee," a Congress spokesman said in the evening.
'PRE-PAID BAN SHOULD BE RECONSIDERED'
Congress leader Jagdish Tytler Monday said that he would convey to the party high command to reconsider the decision on banning pre-paid mobile phones in Jammu and Kashmir.
Tytler was asked what was his assessment of the impact of ban on youth as 20,000 youth have been rendered jobless.
"Yes, we can understand that the ban has not gone well with the youth here. Once we go back, we will convey to the party high command that they should reconsider the decision," Tytler said.