Says need of the hour demands giving wings to aspirations of youth
Srinagar, 04 July: Jammu and Kashmir Youth National Conference provincial president Salman Ali Sagar on Thursday said that the youth of Kashmir are looking up to National Conference to formulate an efficient policy framework to cater to the concerns of the youth.
Party’s YNC provincial president while addressing an YNC functionaries meeting here at the party head quarters Nawa e Subha said, “The ambivalent attitude of the incumbent administration towards the youth issues is of great concern to every right thinking person. Today the youth of Kashmir don’t share any sense of belonging towards the government. While the fact remains that youth of any society is one of the primary stakeholders in the process of national building. The disenchantment among the youth is the direct consequence of the former BJP-PDP’s imprudent policies. Unfortunately the generation that stepped into their teens after 2015 didn’t see any positives. The alienation that has beset the new generation is increasing day by day in absence of a well thought-out employment policy, skill development and entrepreneurship initiatives. Both the central government and the former state government have failed to come up with an effective youth oriented scheme.”
Salman said the aspirations of the youth of Kashmir are no different than their counter parts living elsewhere in the country and that the need of the hour demanded to channelize their potential, which he said was not being done.
Salman said the sheer nepotism, cronyism and corruption as was rife during the former BJP-PDP government has disenfranchised the youth to its core. “However the governor administration proved equally inefficient to rise up to the expectations of the youth. We don’t see anything being done in creating more job avenues in the valley. What good was achieved by the former Omar Abdullah led government was put into an abyss. Schemes like SKEWPY, Udhaan, Himayat had revolutionized the employability in our state. The seed capital initiatives, the remuneration for unemployed had filled the youth of state with enthusiasm. However the situation turned for bad after BJP-PDP had their hands on the affairs of the state. The youth of our state remembers how they were robbed of their merit by the former coalition government,” he said.
Salman while exhorting the YNC functionaries to amplify their engagement with the youth said, “Youth of our state hold the key to development. The idea of development and peace is not possible without taking the youth on board. A nation develops at a steady pace if the youth are physically and mentally fit, educated and skilled. It is the prime duty of any government to provide safe spaces to the youth to pursue their vocations. Unfortunately nothing substantial is being done in that respect. However the forthcoming government under the leadership of Omar sahib will ensure employment opportunities to youth as per their potential. I believe our youth is the partner of today and the leader of the tomorrow, so it is imperative for us to let our youth live a secure and dignified life.”