JAMMU, Sept 9: The JKPCC president, Vikar Rasool Wani today said that J&K youth are finding themselves surrounded by darkness as they have no hopes of getting jobs even after attaining higher qualifications.
Addressing a meeting of Youth Congress organized by former PYC president Paranav Shagotra, JKPCC chief said that youth of J&K are feeling suffocated by the repressive policies of the present Government. He exhorted youth activists to lead efforts to bring about change and empower the youth to shape a future of dignity and peace.
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“The looming uncertainty coupled with the confrontational approach of BJP Government has created a sense of despair and hopelessness among the youth. The Central Government’s unfortunate failure to reach out and build bridges of reconciliation and peace with our youth has created a political vacuum. In this grim atmosphere, our youth is being robbed of their right to dream of a dignified and prosperous future, which is a travesty, ” he added.
“Promises were made during elections and votes were sought for specific purposes. The same promises were then bartered, without any inhibitions, for personal and familial political empowerment of a few people, while our hardworking, honest and sincere young men and women were let down and left to the mercy of uncertainty and turmoil. Due to this treachery, the trust deficit has been further widened to an extent where skepticism on the ground, far overshadows the utility of any rhetoric the Government has to offer”, Wani added.
JKPCC working president Raman Bhalla said that the youth of J&K have been worst hit by various decisions of BJP Govt. The Government jobs which should have been given to our youth are going to outsiders. It is the youth of of J&K who should have the first rights over the employment generated in their regions. But that is not the case. He said ideally much of the employment generated in local power and road infrastructure projects initiated by Congress Governments in this region should have gone into the hands of local educated, skilled youth of the region. But it is not happening; on the contrary, the outsourcing of jobs and contracts has rendered our youth in this region, and elsewhere hopeless. It is this injustice that we are fighting against,” he said.
JKPCC general secretary Manmohan Singh said that kith and kin of leaders of the ruling alliance were being directly accommodated into gazetted jobs through the back door. “We have highly qualified, talented youth who have given their sweat and blood to be equipped with great academic credentials and this Government seems hell-bent to alienate them after robbing them of their merit and rights,” Singh said.
Former PYC president Paranav Sagotra said that biggest injustice with the youth is being perpetuated while the Government has precious little to offer apart from rhetoric and photo opportunities. He said rising unemployment in J&K was a matter of grave concern and was a telling indictment of the failed policies of the present Government.
Several senior leaders including Pawan Raina, Sanjeev Panda, Rajveer Singh, Karan Bhagat, Dwarka Choudhary also addressed the meeting.