Employ locals in development projects in J-K: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today asked the central departments executing various development projects in the state to engage optimum number of skilled and unskilled locals.

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah today asked the central departments executing
various development projects in the state to engage optimum
number of skilled and unskilled locals.

The state`s prime concern is to provide job opportunities
to youths and central departments have a stupendous role to
play in this direction.

"We have a good number of trained and capable youth here
to undertake technical and non-technical assignments
efficiently," Omar said.

Reviewing the progress of the work on Rs 10,000-crore
project of four-laning the Srinagar-Jammu-Lakhanpur National
Highway at a meeting here, he said "I will take up with the
Union Minister of Surface Transport the issue of engaging
maximum number of locals in the execution of prestigious road
project."

"My government is keen to expand job opportunities for
youths, and in this regard the maximum absorption in the
Central sector would be persuaded at all levels," Omar said.

He asked the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI),
the agency implementing 400-km Srinagar-Lakhanpur four
laning project, to ensure maximum engagement of locals.

He said the NH-1A project forming the part of North-South
Corridor NHDP Phase-II has a great significance for the
economy of Jammu and Kashmir.

"Its importance is of high value for making the travel on
national highway more comfortable and safe," he said.
Omar also approved a Rs 62.07-crore four lane flyover at
Sanatnagar juncture, Rs 31.65-crore four lane flyover at
Bemina crossing and Rs 3.60-crore overhead pedestrian bridge
on national highway bypass near JVMC, Bemina.

PTI

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