The massive unemployment is coming up as a major challenge in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
J&K authorities are least concerned about framing and formulating the policies which are essential for creating the job opportunities for the unemployed youth of J&K. There are just promises made but ground reality is very different.
To an utter surprise the J&K authorities don’t have a proper count of the educated unemployed youth and uneducated youth. There has been left no ray of hope for the unemployed youth and the employment exchanges are lying idle.
According to the data prepared by Employment Department a few years back, J&K had 82,395 registered unemployed educated and uneducated youth, apart from around two lakh unorganized workers and 55,000 youth registered under the Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-Dhan scheme.
In the data presented at Lok Sabha, there has not been any major change in the employment criteria during last few years. In a written reply to the question of Sunil Kumar Mondal and Pratap Rao Jadhav, Union Minister for Labour and Employment, Bhupinder Yadav informed that the Government of India has taken various steps for creating job opportunities.
Aatmanirbhar Bharat Rojgar Yojana (ABRY) has been launched from October 1, 2020 to incentivize employers for creation of new employment along with social security benefits and restoration of employment. In the written, it is clearly mentioned that in J&K unemployment rate which was 5.4 is now 5.1 which means there is not differences during the recent years.
But there may be chances that the number of unemployed youth could be much higher since it is not compulsory to register with the employment department.