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J&K’s 16.2 percent unemployment rate distressing: Nasir

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Says amendments to J&K service rules aimed to systematically dis-empower our working class

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference on Monday said the government has miserably failed to tackle rising unemployment.

In a statement, the party’s provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani expressed concern over the alarming 16.2 percent of unemployment rate in J&K.

“Much clamor was built around creating jobs but in reality, the people are yet to see anything substantial. A false impression was given that Article 370 was hampering the growth and employability in J&K. It has been more than a year since the constitutional status of the state was rescinded unconstitutionally. So what is it now which is impeding the government to fill the vacancies on a fast track basis? Where is the much touted investment which was supposed to reach J&K? Where are the Jobs? Instead we have such alarming figures at hand while the government continues to remain mute on such issues of concern,” he said.

Calling the bureaucratic government’s rhetoric on employment generation in J&K as farfetched, he said, “The new normal, post unilateral, unconstitutional and undemocratic rescinding of J&K’s special status destroyed all the viable economic activities in the region and cost people their employment. The youth bore much of the brunt of the imprudent and divisive policies of the center.”

“As if what was done on 5th of August last year was not enough, the recent amendments to J&K service rules have unnecessarily created more stress among the J&K employees. Without any doubt, this is going to have a large scale impact on their psyche which will reflect in their overall deliverance. It seems the move is aimed to systematically dis-empower our working class as well,” he added.

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