"The Chief Minister did not give any assurance to provide
government jobs or stipend or sustenance allowance to
unemployed youths...It is pre-mature to make any commitment in
this behalf at this juncture," Labour and Employment Minister
in-charge Abdul Gani Malik told the Assembly in a written
reply to a question posed by PDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig.
Omar had reportedly promised stipend to unemployed youths
till they get jobs during election meetings.
Malik, however, said the financial and administrative
implications of providing sustenance allowance to youth would
need to be examined in depth before making any policy in this
The number of unemployed youth registered with employment
exchanges in the state is 1.18 lakh, he said.
As many as 21,640 posts, both gazetted and non-gazetted,
have been referred to recruitment agencies. These included
7,035 jobs in police department, Malik informed the Assembly.
As many as 11,163 posts have been created in various
departments, which will be filled through normal recruitment
process. There are budgetary provisions available for these
posts, he said.
Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government
on Saturday said Chief Minister Omar Abdullah never gave any
assurance to provide government jobs or stipend to unemployed
youths in the state.
First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 13:50