The Hush Post|06:30 pm| 1-min-read
Within days of the martyrdom of 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, at least 2,500 young men in the state turned up at an Army recruitment drive in Baramulla district. There is a vacancy for 111 posts.
The turnout at the recruitment camp of the armed forces in Jammu and Kashmir is an encouraging sign as unemployment is a major problem plaguing the local youth. Also, it is a slap on the face of Islamic extremists who deter youth from the right path. They want to earn a livelihood of respect and serve the nation, officials said.
— ANI (@ANI) February 19, 2019
“By joining Army, we can serve the nation and also protect our families and take care of them as we hardly have any employment opportunities in the valley,” a candidate at the recruitment drive told news agency ANI.
Another candidate said, “We cannot go outside Kashmir. This is a great opportunity for us. We wish that more vacancies are offered to us. If Kashmiri personnel will be deployed in the sensitive areas then they can talk to the people and deal with the ongoing crisis.”
Recently, 319 GATE aspirants, were airlifted in separate sorties by the Indian Air Force (IAF) between Jammu and Srinagar so that they could appear in the GATE exam February 10 onwards.
In 2016, unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir was higher than the national average.
One of the main reasons identified by the Jammu and Kashmir government, in its Economic Survey 2017, for high unemployment rate was “unsupportive administrative and regulatory framework and lack of transparency.”