Take Steps To Counter Militancy: Delhi To JK

21 July 2014
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Naseem

Srinagar: In a major policy initiative, New Delhi has asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to initiate steps to counter militancy by ensuring private investment in the state through private-public partnership projects. In a letter written recently by a Joint Secretary level official in the Union Home Ministry to the state government it has been conveyed that the state should take steps to strengthen the private-public partnership projects here. Principal Secretary Home, Suresh Kumar, said the Industries and Commerce department has been informed to take steps for starting private-public partnership projects here. In the letter, Union Home Ministry has informed the state that the steps should be taken to control militancy by roping in youth for different projects supported by the government. The Home Ministry has asked for filing an action taken report over the matter to be placed before the union cabinet for effective steps to control militancy here. Officials see the thrust of Home Ministry to increase employability as a new counter-insurgency measure which is in line with the policy of different public initiatives launched by the security forces here to tackle militancy. 'In a bid to bring the people into the mainstream, the security forces have been organizing the visits of people outside the state and have been holding different health camps. Providing the employment is a new counter-insurgency measure,' officials said. According to officials, earlier no serious efforts were taken to strengthen the private-public partnership here, but with Home Ministry asking for a detailed report over the matter now, the state government efforts are likely to receive impetus. Top government officials said there was not only the scope to improve on private-public partnership initiatives here in the areas industrial development but also in sectors of health and education. 'There are many educational companies which are ready to invest on private-public partnership mode, but this requires a serious consideration from the government and there are even entrepreneurs who are ready to invest in health and industrial projects,' said an official. The government's efforts for public-private partnership tie-up will focus mainly on educated unemployed youth. As per the government statistics, there are over 1 lakh unemployed graduates and post graduates here, besides nearly 25,000 unemployed degree and diploma holders in different disciplines including engineering disciplines. For the last few years, officials said that the work participation rate of people of the state has also been low here and the number of registered job seekers has increased by nearly five times in last four years.