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Omar to Kamal Nath: Ensure maximum jobs for locals

Last Updated: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 22:07

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister
Omar Abdullah has requested the Union Road Transport and
Highways Ministry to ensure that locals get maximum jobs in
the Jammu-Srinagar national highway project.

In a letter to Union Minister Kamal Nath today, Omar
underlined the need for giving preference to people of the
state in NH-1A project to help address the problem of
unemployment, an official spokesman said.

He sought directions to the companies undertaking
construction of roads and tunnels for engaging educated youths
including technical, skilled and unskilled workers.

Omar also called for providing sub contracts to locals.
In his letter, he stressed on including flyovers at
Bemina and Sanantnagar on Srinagar bypass and Greater Kailash
on Jammu bypass in the Rs 10,000-crore highway project.

Highlighting these demands, Omar said "I would, therefore,
request you kindly to issue necessary directions to the
concerned so that these two issues are appropriately

"Needless to say that we in this state are facing serious
problem of unemployment and therefore, it is extremely
necessary that the companies which come to execute the NH-1A
project in the state give professional treatment to locally
available educated youths including technical, skilled and
unskilled workers and locally available sub contractors".

Last week, Omar had reviewed the status of the project at
a high-level meeting here.


First Published: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 22:07

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