Educated youth torch degrees protesting jobs to stone pelters

Educated youth torching degrees at Jammu in protest against jobs to stone pelters.
Educated youth torching degrees at Jammu in protest against jobs to stone pelters.

*Jobs to anti-nationals intolerable: Harsh

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 19: Launching a scathing attack on the State Government for providing ex-gratia and Government jobs to stone pelters with exploitation of educated youth going unabated, Panther activists today staged a protest demonstration here at Exhibition Ground seeking revocation of the draconian announcement.
Amid raising anti-Government slogans, Panther activists along with highly qualified contingent of youth including PhDs, MPhils and double post graduates besides terminated contractual lecturers led by JKNPP chairman, Harsh Dev Singh and State president, Young Panthers, Yash Paul Kundal, consigned their degrees to flames to express their embitterment and outrage against the ‘black regime’ of sinister BJP-PDP alliance.
Dubbing the State Govern-ment’s announcement of ex-gratia and jobs to NOKs of slain militants and stone pelters as highly offensive and opprobrious, Harsh Dev Singh regretted that in the black rule of BJP partnered dispensation in the State, the subversives were glorified where as the educated youth were exploited, suppressed and treated like expendables.
He said that even the martyrs of the nation were made subjects of contemptuous mockery as the State coffers remained dry for them with hardly any policy of compensation to their bereaved families.
Disconcerted by the Government’s obnoxious policy to provide compensation with jobs to thousand of stone pelters including the injured besides the kins of slain subversives and militants in the valley, he said that these people who had set Kashmir on fire, deserved to be punished under the law. And contrarily, the State Government continued to pursue the policy of use and throw towards the educated youth, Harsh lamented.
Yash Paul Kundal wondered that what kind of justice the alliance was doing to the youth where the anti-nationals were given compensation and employment while the educated youth were pushed towards starvation and other miseries. He vociferously asserted that only NOKs of martyrs and other nationalists who laid down their lives for the Motherland should be given the ex-gratia compensation and similarly the educated youth with adequate qualifications deserved the Government jobs.
He also sought an immediate revocation of the devilish announcement in the interest of the State and National dignity.