Jobs for youth is my earnest mission: Omar Abdullah

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said providing jobs for youth of the state was the "earnest mission" of his government.

Last Updated: Jan 07, 2011, 21:42 PM IST

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah has said providing jobs for youth of the state
was the "earnest mission" of his government.

"While certain political leaders make the youth pick up
stones, my government is placing job orders in their hands and
providing them with avenues for better career and bright
future," he said, addressing a gathering in south Kashmir`s
Anantnag district yesterday.

"Jobs for the youth is my earnest mission," Omar said.
The chief minister said the employment scheme of his
government was successful in addressing the unemployment
crisis in the state.

"Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for
Youth (SKEWPY) is an effective medium to address unemployment
crisis meaningfully and appropriately," he said.

Earlier, the chief minister laid the foundation of two
bridges at Amard Ashmuqam and Seer Nambal in the Anantnag
district, which will be constructed at a cumulative cost of Rs
11 crore.

The bridge at Ashmuqam will be of 184 meter span
connecting Ashmuqam and Saller villages. It is likely to be
completed in two years at a cost of Rs 6.72 crore.

The Seer Nambal bridge will be of 72 meters span and is
likely to cost about Rs 4.12 crore. It will connect Nambal
Seer and Langbal villages with Khannabal-Pahalgam road and
provide an alternate route for tourists to visit the
picturesque Pahalgam.

Meanwhile, Omar made a surprise visit to two main
hospitals of the Valley yesterday to get a "first hand
appraisal" of functioning of these health care institutions.

Omar visited SMHS hospital and GB Panth Children`s
hospital in Srinagar last night, an official spokesman said.

The chief minister said he would convene a high-level
meeting with the minister of Health and concerned
administrative and departmental heads to review functioning of
the hospitals and availability of health care facilities for
patients when he reaches Jammu.

"The chief minister inspected various wards and
interacted with patients. He enquired about the availability
of medicines and other medical material," the spokesman said.

Omar also enquired about the standard of the treatment
and response of doctors and para-medical staff to the needs of
the patients, he said.

PTI