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Unemployment a ticking time-bomb in J&K which can burst anytime: Tarigami

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Srinagar, August 1: Stating that unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir was like a ticking time-bomb which can burst anytime, CPI (M) leader Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Thursday said that neither previous regimes nor the incumbent regime are serious to tackle the burgeoning unemployment problem in the state.

He said that according to media reports in just 15 days more than 1.5 lakh youth possessing post graduation or higher educational degrees have registered themselves with the state government as unemployed. The number could be mush higher as time for registration was limited. Then there are a huge number of unemployed people who have lesser or no qualifications. Then there are skilled and unskilled youth, who need jobs.

“According to an official report, unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir is higher than average National unemployment rate, with JK’s 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,” said Tarigami.

He said that service sector can provide an opportunity for employment but lacks adequate support by the government. “Govt schemes are either not implemented on ground or are not being supported with adequate funds,” he said, adding, “To overcome the frustration and disillusionment among the youth, govt must explore avenues for meaningful employment in the state. Any delay is fraught with serious consequences”.

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