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Three lakh unemployed in Kashmir
|Jammu: The state government was put in the dock by ruling party as well as opposition members in the state assembly on Friday on the ‘actual’ problem of unemployment in the state. While a Congress member said there were ‘at least’ three lakh educated jobless youths in the state, the government stated that the number registered with various employment exchanges was 1.69 lakh.
Congress member RS Sharma said while the government has ostensibly banned fresh appointments, ‘backdoor appointments in all departments’ were continuing without check. Other opposition members affirmed his remark. The question was raised by a ruling National Conference party member, Gul Rafiqui, who wanted to know if the government planned to make ad hoc appointments in view of the swelling number of educated unemploymed youths and whether it planned to raise the age limit as many youths awaiting a government job had already crossed the prescribed age.
Labour and employment minister Harbans Singh said there was no plan yet to lift the ban on fresh appointments or raise the age limit. He said that in view of the limited openings in government departments, the government was encouraging self-employment schemes and offering loans between Rs 1 lakh and Rs 10 lakh to individual youth and group of youths intending to set up their enterprises. (Times of India, 16 March 2002) q
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