With few opportunities in the private sector, the public sector remains the main employment generator in the region.
Srinagar: In August last year, when the Government of India revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided the state into two union territories, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, said the move would usher in a new dawn in the region. He went on to say that days of sufferings for the people of J&K were over, and his government was committed to fill up all vacant job posts.
In the months that followed, the Centre’s representatives, from then governor Satya Pal Malik to J&K’s first lieutenant governor G.C. Murmu, reiterated that the government would create new jobs and fill up thousands of vacant posts on a fast-track basis.
But 14 months on, these job promises have fallen flat and J&K’s unemployment graph is soaring. This, at a time when the economy has taken a massive hit due to the double lockdown – the six-month clampdown that was enforced after the abrogation of J&K’s special status, followed by the coronavirus lockdown.
The job promises
Addressing a press conference in Srinagar on August 28, 2019, Malik, whose tenure as the last governor of the erstwhile J&K state was marred by controversies, said at least 50,000 jobs would be filled in the next three months.