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Roll back decision to abolish SHG scheme immediately: Tarigami

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Srinagar: The decision of the J&K administration to abolish Self Help Groups (SHGs) of engineers is another glaring example how the BJP government is hell bent to deprive people of their livelihood, CPI(M) leader, M Y Tarigami said in a statement issued here today.

“Over 15000 young unemployed engineers are earning their bread and butter by working through SHG in various departments like R&B, PMGSY, PHE, PDD, etc for the last more than a decade and half. About 2500 SHGs of engineers from various streams like Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Structural, Electronics and Communications, Computer Sciences, Bio Medical Engineering etc are working through these groups and contributing for nation building since 2004,” he said.

He further said that not only were these engineers earning their livelihood through this scheme, but they were also contributing in the development of the region.

“These engineers are technically trained as well to carry out such works and what is the harm if they continue? But the reality is that the BJP government is making all efforts to make those who are already in employment, lose their jobs,” said Tarigami.

The abrupt and wrong decision of the J&K administration has shocked the families of these hapless engineers, said Tarigami, adding, “They have set up their offices and hired the services of private accountants, computer operators and even the office boys/ peons etc. Their bread and butter is also connected with such SHGs. They will also be badly affected with this anti-youth and anti-worker decision of the administration”.

He said that the BJP had promised that it will create employment for the youth, but till now instead of creating new avenues, they have snatched source of livelihood from thousands of people in Jammu and Kashmir since last year.

“The SHG engineers have launched an agitation and the CPI (M) supports their genuine demands. The J&K administration must take back this anti-youth decision at the earliest,” said Tarigami.

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