Politicians exploited youth in J&K: Omar

Accusing politicians in J&K of exploiting the youth during the last 20 years of unrest in the state, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said time has come for youngsters to repulse all such attempts.

Srinagar: Accusing politicians in Jammu and
Kashmir of exploiting the youth during the last 20 years of unrest in the state, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Tuesday said time has come for youngsters to repulse all such attempts.

"Jammu and Kashmir, during the period of 20 years of
unrest, witnessed exploitation of young generation by both
pro-election and anti-election politicians," Omar said at the
`Kashmir Youth Festival` here.

He said time has come when youth should "repulse" every
attempt aimed at their exploitation.

Noting that the youth of the state nurture same hopes and
aspirations as the youth of other states, he said that during
the period of disturbances in J and K, they witnessed only
darkness and grew under the shadow of gun.

"We have to provide them platform and opportunity to show their mettle and lead the state towards new highs of progress and prosperity," the Chief Minister said.
"My government wants to rekindle hope in them, provide
better environment to grow and create opportunities to exhibit
their capabilities," he said.

Omar said he never made a false promise to the youth that
all would get government jobs as it was not possible to do it
and to make such a promise was just to deceive them.

He, however, asserted that his government would generate
as many government jobs for youth as it could but the solution
to unemployment problem was not in creation of government
jobs.
"We are opening new job orbit for youth in the private
sector and have focused on skills development and
employability so that they can be smoothly absorbed in open
job market," he said.

Besides, all possible help is being given to budding
entrepreneurs to launch their ventures in the state, he added.

PTI