Jaayein to Jaayein Kahaan – The ‘No Job’ Policy and the Youth
By now it is mighty clear to a large section of the J&K population that the government did not quite put in enough effort in formulating the Recruitment Policy and the anger in the youth that has resulted is by all means fair. All the future appointments in the government sector will be made on a contractual basis. If that were not enough, seven years is a painfully long time for especially those who have moved into their 30s.
I do not have a single classmate from my school batch of 2002, who is working in Jammu and that is much representative of the situation arising now. Though the trend has remained all these years, none of my batch mates have even considered coming back and the reason is lack of Jobs. As it is, the insecurity of the private jobs thwarts many who look for jobs and the severely acute shortage in the Government Sector is a major problem.
It is already debatable what the ‘Satisfactory Service‘ proviso calls for. The massive brain drain these conditions will in future hound the government again as a large population of those who can bring real changes in the economy would never want to return back from Metro lifestyles and lush jobs or entrepreneurial adventures. The clause of seven years with no final security has come as a major discouragement for the youth and they will have no option but to move out to fend for their lives. The rich talent pool of Jammu and Kashmir stands to be diluted again the consequences are even worse.
Just yesterday, I was interviewing a young man of 29 years who had completed Engineering and MBA and was working in Chennai for five years. This man wanted to come back to Jammu because of family issues and came back three years ago. Not having found a job in Jammu for three years, this post graduate has now opened a General Store. When formulating the new policy, did the government deliberately choose to remain oblivious to these trends?
Another big factor is the availability of just 15000 openings under this seemingly ‘No Job’ Policy and the registered applicants for employment assistance by the government are above 2,00,000. A staggering 1/3 of these registered applicants are post-graduates, graduates, engineers or diploma holders. If the government is capable of recruiting just the 15000 people, the least they could have done is eased out the recruitment policy for these posts.
A vicious circle has ensued. No jobs will lead to a massive brain drain; brain drain will lead to lack of quality workers; lack of quality workers will obviously mean poor outputs and poor outputs will mean a dead growth rate for the government. The government needs to secure the future of the state, not put it in jeopardy.