Where are Jobs

June 6, 2018 EDITORIAL 66 Views
Where are Jobs

Where are jobs in restive in region of Kashmir? It is true that the The younger generations in Jammu and Kashmir are facing tough time as government has failed on every front to execute the things at the grassroots level. Public sector continues to be the first and foremost choice of the young educated persons seeking employment in the state once their formal/informal education is over. The appeal of a government job is irresistible yet perilous as there is a threshold that government cannot cross, despite having stretched itself out to the red zone of state’s economic health. Overdependence on the public sector for employment has long been realized as having dire effects on the state economy. To avert the foreseeable economic collapse policy makers suggested the promotion of private sector in the state. To boost business and trade in the state and importantly in Kashmir region where there has been a slack due to violence and conflict, governments have been reiterating their full support and cooperation. Yet, there have been no visible gains against policy measures. In fact half-hearted attempts by different government have even pushed the private sector to edge. It also becomes evident from the preferences of those unemployed youth who instead of seeking employment in private sector prefer to stand in long queues for few government jobs. Thousands of qualified aspirants apply for a handful of posts that are advertised now and then. It implies that private sector has not come up as expected; there are still apprehensions and insecurities associated with the private sector by a large number of people. Private sector is suffering from myriad issues ranging from general benefits, remunerations and incentives to exploitation. When governments failed to boost business and trade, they should have at least taken care of issues like exploitation and work conditions. A large number of employees in private sector have these grievances. We have heard them as grievances forwarded or filed by teachers working in private schools, employees working in small private firms, workers of small factories and similar units etc. At the top, the CM has a grievance cell, but the issues related to employment and work should ideally be handled by agencies like Labour Commission. But very few take the matter with the agencies that are meant to address the problems of the employees. Previous CM, since he and the government he headed knew that the threshold had been crossed, made appeals to youth to try the private sector instead of waiting for the government job that was hard to come. The government thought it had discovered the formula to revitalize the private sector or at least the interest of those seeking employment in it – entrepreneurship. But the formula also has had its shortcomings. CM Mehbooba Mufti has to show keen interest in reaching out to the youngsters and make any commitments.

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