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Retired men occupy posts meant for J&K youth

J&K youths have been promised by many that maximum employment will be generated in order to accommodate large number of youths but the fact is that even the vacancies created due to retirement is being filled with retired men.

The bulk of this re-employed retired government employee can be measured from their annual salary that amounts to Rs 1.5 crore. Recently, Minister for Agriculture Ghulam Hassan Mir said, “We have to bring our youth at the forefront in every sector and lead the state towards prosperity utilising their potential in a positive manner.”

Even Omer Abdullah after becoming chief minister, has so far re-employed more than 80 retired officials in various capacities in different departments.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the president’s address in February 2011 said, “We will do everything to strengthen the hands of the state government to provide a fairer deal to the youths of Jammu and Kashmir and provide 50,000 to one lakh jobs to Kashmiris.”

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 April 2011 on page no. 19

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