Govt indifferent to J&K youth’s plight: Dr Farooq

Says NC committed to revision of youth policy; giving sense of enfranchisement, entitlement to youth

Srinagar, Sep 21: The Jammu and Kashmir National Conference President and Member of Parliament from Srinagar Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday stated that the youth of JK are sinking under the weight of the incumbent administration’s indifference.

This was said by Dr. Farooq Abdullah in a statement while interacting with party workers who had called on him at his residence. Those who met him today were from Hazratbal segment and other parts of central Kashmir. The visiting delegation apprised the party president about various issues concerning the people particularly youth.

Among others Party’s Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani was also present on the occasion. During the breadth of his interaction with the visiting delegation, Dr Farooq said that besides stressing on the importance of J&K’s identity, the August 5th 2019 decisions have impacted the local educated and skilled youth innumerably. The mounting evidence is in the form of widespread and scathing unemployment, job losses resulting in their continuing alienation and frustration.

The Party President further stated that the lack of interest of the incumbent administration to the needs of our youth has also incurred a cost in terms of physical and mental health. “Youth are a major part of our demographics, but regrettably this promising chunk of JK population is living in frustration, unemployment, and insecurity. Despite having the best of capabilities our youth from Kashmir, Chenab, and Pirpanjal and Jammu regions are uniformly caught in a vortex. Mired by hopelessness and anxiety, our capable youth is taking to drug addiction and substance abuse. The situation is very grim and our able youth are living the grimmest nightmare, one which brings new government diktats seeking to deprive them of their land rights, natural resources, livelihood and freedom. There has been no respite,” he said.

Dr Farooq further said that there is a great need to come up with a “youth project” that seeks to relocate and rejuvenate the disenfranchised energies of our educated and capable youth. “Most of the impounding issues faced by our youth is unemployment. The much touted promises of local and central Governments on extravaganza, investment and fast-tracking of recruitment has fallen flat. On the contrary, unemployment in all the regions of JK has seen a manifold increase, which also had a cascading effect on other social and health issues particularly in our youth,” he said.

He maintained that NC remains committed to revision and revival of a youth policy that will create a situation where in JK youth will get education, employment and remain free from drug abuse, parochialisation, sectarianism, and communalism. “A situation wherein our youth can pursue varied vocations in a free environment holding their heads high,” he added. kno

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