Admitting the level of unemployment has reached "alarming proportions", the Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said the time has come for a collective endeavour to address this "gigantic problem".
"The problem of unemployment has reached alarming proportions and deserves immediate attention with policy initiatives, institutional arrangements and operational strategies. Now, the time has come for a collective endeavour to address this gigantic problem in a principled manner," Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather said presenting the first budget of the National Conference led coalition government in the Assembly.
He said, in order to adopt a well conceived strategy for alleviating the problem of unemployment there is a fervent requirement of a sound statistical base, adding "This is more so for the reason that there is a lot of equivocation about the very extent and nature of unemployment in the state".
For this purpose, it has become imperative to build a sound data base so that plausible remedial measures are adopted, the minister said.
He said the government intends to revamp the employment exchanges and enhance their role, both quantitatively and qualitatively.
These will be renamed as district employment and counselling centres, he said adding the district centres shall develop a reliable statistical base including skill inventory and skill deficiency mapping.