Perturbed over the opening of local jobs in J&K to outsiders post Article 370 abrogation, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman-JKNPP & former Minister today said that it would not only mar the prospects of local unemployed youth but would also have a demoralizing effect upon the educated aspiring youth of the erstwhile State. “J&K does not have much scope for absorption of educated unemployed youth in the private sector. And the employment opportunities in the govt. sector are also very limited. Throwing open the selection process to eligible youth all over the country, under such circumstances, would therefore not only be grave injustice with the J&K youth but could have serious ramifications”, said Singh. He was addressing a press conference in Jammu today.
Not only the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh has invited applications on all India basis for 33 non gazetted posts but earlier also the J&K Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO) issued advertisement notification for jobs on identical lines. He divulged that the Managing Director JKTPO had issued a notification dated December 17 inviting applications for filling up seven posts of ‘professional interns’ on consolidated remuneration of Rs. 25000/- per month from all eligible persons on All India basis. The notification had further stated that the new appointees shall be entrusted with the task of showcasing J&K’s strengths, strategies and potential, disclosed Mr. Singh.
Accusing the BJP govt. of having jeopardized the careers of J&K unemployed youth, Mr. Singh said that the move was fraught with dangerous portends. “The J&K govt. was hardly advertising any new posts to fill up the vacancies in govt. departments despite the ever growing number of unemployed educated youth year after year. It had announced 50,000 new jobs for J&K youth which proved a hoax. And contrarily it divested the J&K youth of the already existing posts/jobs by advertising the same on all India basis. The simmering discontent amongst the youth against the govt. apathy could have earthshaking consequences in case the J&K jobs were opened to outsiders without protecting the interests of the local youth” maintained Singh.
Lambasting the BJP for diminishing and marring the career prospects of J&K youth, Mr. Singh said that it should get prepared to face the fury of youth who had been cajoled and lured by it during elections through its seductive slogans. He regretted that in September last also, the BJP had objected to State Subjects being demanded for Police Constables selection on the ground that after Art. 370 abrogation, all citizens of the country had become entitled to participate in the selection process in J&K.
- Parmjeet Singh Marshall, President-PTU & Parshotam Parihar, State Secretary-PTU were also present in the press conference.