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Meritorious JK youth pushed to wall: Akbar Lone

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Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Wednesday said that the youth of Jammu and Kashmir had been left in lurch due to the ‘unprecedented chaos’ in recruitment, competitive exams and service commissions alleging that ‘hardworking, meritorious and qualified’ youth of J&K were being pushed to wall.

Lone, after presiding over a meeting at the party headquarters in Srinagar alleged that the present government had denied all safe spaces to the youth of J&K to carry on their vocations. “Contrary to the much touted claim of GoI to win the hearts and minds of youth, it has incessantly been closing every avenue for them. There is no outreach programme in place to alleviate the concerns and sufferings of unemployed youth of J&K”. He also said that the new domicile policy had added to the worries of youth have are seeing no light at the end of the tunnel.

Expressing his party’s concern recharging the scenario, Lone further added that no new posts were being advertised while as those already advertised take years to fill due to the unchecked ‘red-tapism, nepotism and corruption’. “Government has failed to come up with policies to give a flip to entrepreneurship activities and speeding up the filling of empty posts in various departments,” he added.

“Youth who had started their own ventures are mulling to give it up due to the inconsiderate approach of the government towards the glitches they are facing due to the COVID-19 induced economic meltdown and Post August 05 clampdown,” Lone said.

Lone further added that the situation of contractuals, daily wagers, need based employees, local traders, agriculturalists and people associated with tourism, transport and handicraft sector was worsened by each day in the absence of any meaningful government intervention.

Meanwhile, National Conference Provincial Secretary, Showkat Mir, criticized what he called as ‘disproportionate bifurcation’ of J&K House in New Delhi between Ladakh and J&K. “The way the present ruling dispensation is distributing assets between Ladakh and J&K is irrational and fraught with anomalies. How can a region with around 2.5 lakh population become an equal partner with J&K which has more than 12 million souls as per 2011 census? It is prejudiced, bereft of any rationale and is a pure case of wanton and orchestrated plunder aimed to suck every pint of blood from the people, who are yet to come to terms with what was done on the 5th of august last year,” Mir said.

The meeting also passed a resolution seeking an end to the house detention of all party leaders.

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