Former tourism minister Ghulam Hassan Mir has said that the government
should lay emphasis on generating employment and maintenance of
electricity in the state.
Mir told Hindustan Times that though the coalition government in the
state, of which his party—Peoples Democratic Party, is an alliance,
had carried development on most fronts, it had failed in addressing
the problem of unemployment.
"Unemployment is a major burning problem and the coalition government
so far has taken no step in this regard," Mir said.
He wants the government to take it as a major issue in the present
budget. "This budget should have implications on the unemployed
youth in the state and try to address the problem of unemployment by
generating employment opportunities," he said.
The state is facing a huge crisis due to the problem of unemployment
after the former chief minister and National Conference patron Farooq
Abdullah signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with New Delhi
seizing jobs in the state.
After Peoples Democratic Party led coalition government came to power
in the state, it created some jobs for the educated unemployed youth
in the state under the Rehbar-e-Taleem (in the education department),
Rehbar-e-Sehat (in the health department) and other similar schemes.
However, most educated youth being graduates, post graduates and even
doctorates feel highly exploited working under such schemes.
Under the Rehab-e-Taleem scheme an educated youth is given monthly
wages of Rs 1,500. On the other hand the government has started a
drive to install electricity metres and the electricity bills of a
family judiciously using electricity runs at least into four figures.
Mir also wants the government to focus in this budget on the
maintenance of electricity. "Our state is not only faced with the
problem of electricity generation, but also its maintenance. We don't
have electric poles and electricity wires in the rural areas. There
trees are used as electricity poles and electricity wires are seen
hanging in the backyards of houses for hanging their clothes to dry up
in the sun," Mir said justifying the irregular supply of electricity
in the state.
Mir wants to change all this and offers to provide directions to the
government in this regard for solving the problems of unemployment and
failure in the maintenance of electricity.