Omar: We Will Engage 50,000 Youths In Public Service

Omar: We Will Engage 50,000 Youths In Public Service

14 August 2010
The Hindu
Shujaat Bukhari

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said on Saturday that his government would soon take steps to engage 50,000 youth in public service. He asked separatists to come to the dialogue table for resolving political issues. In his Independence Day message, to be telecast on the State-run television, Mr. Abdullah expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of lives in the recent violence in the Valley. “My heart bleeds and in their hour of grief; I am with the bereaved families whose dear ones have lost their lives. The victims of the unfortunate events are my own brothers and sons and I am in gloom and bereavement.” He said nobody could be so hard-hearted as not to be touched by such happenings and no eye could be without tears over the loss of lives. The Chief Minister expressed grief over the loss of lives in the cloudburst in Leh and said the government would take all steps for rehabilitating the affected families and restoring infrastructure. Mr. Abdullah said no economic or employment packages could heal the wounds, but economic development was an essential component of the well-being of the State and its people and so that could not be ignored. “While the Prime Minister has constituted the C. Rangarajan Committee to address the employment problem in Jammu and Kashmir, on the occasion of the holy days of Ramdhan, I announce that the State government will engage 50,000 youth in government service within the next few months to improve the delivery system in public services.” He appealed to the separatist leaders to come for talks and play their role in solving the Kashmir issue. The Chief Minister said, “ There is a need for the Central government to initiate action to remove all doubts from the minds of the people and bridge the gap that has emerged over the last six decades. I think by restoring autonomy this trust deficit will be removed. I request the Centre to take urgent measures in this regard.” On the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Mr. Abdullah said that he was the first Chief Minister to raise this issue in the Assembly. “I have stressed on its amendment time and again and am happy that the Union government has recognised the necessity of revisiting the AFSPA... I appeal to the Centre to take concrete steps for revoking this Act.”


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