Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Monday put the ball into the court of youth urging them to build Kashmir "as per their dreams".
The chief minister was addressing a seminar in Srinagar aimed at making youth aware of potential job options other than the government jobs.
Abdullah said that youth were future of the State and its progress was to be carried forward by the new generation as per their wishes.
"You are the future ones to take care of the State and develop it as per your dreams", he told the gathering of youth while hinting towards career options including those available in Civil Services, Staff Selection Commission, IIT, Banking, Law and other elite ones.
Abdullah wanted them to rekindle the hope for self sufficient and economic welfare of Jammu and Kashmir by 'categorically expressing least preference for government jobs'.
"In fact, the State Government should not be seen as job provider but a service delivering and development giving concern", he said stressing the difficulties the state was having while managing 'a huge establishment with meager sources'.
Abdullah was optimistic over the 'positive transformation taking place in the mindset of youth regarding their first preference for government jobs'.
"The total annual income of the State by all means is just Rs 6500 crores and we have to pay salary to the government employees to the tuneof Rs. 13500 crores yearly and the losses per annum on electricity supplyaccount for another Rs 2000 crores", he explained.
The chief minister said that new initiatives for skill development and employability of youth have been initiated and the schemes like Udaan and Himayat are under implementation with the help of Prime Minister's office.
He informed that private investors and companies were being roped in and the negative perception in the minds of big business houses regarding investing in the State was being removed.