The problem so far has been the lack of vision in the government, and the politicians, and total dependence of the local population on government jobs, tourism, and to some extent trade. However, the state of J&K is plagued with unemployment because there no large factories, few good industrial units, and few IT and ITes companies. It is worth mentioning that majority of jobs in the last two decades have been created in the technology, and software sectors which are heavily service oriented, and these jobs can be replicated anywhere on the planet leave aside Jammu and Kashmir which has conducive environment and resources for such activity to happen. An year back a high level industrial delegation from J&K led by a minister visited Delhi, and Gurgaon, and interacted with top industry and corporate honchos, and big announcements were made about investment in the state, and setting up big projects but nothing actually happened on the ground. A top CEO of a Delhi based company says that with no help and support coming from the government, and scales not big enough there is little possibility of private sector moving there. He however admitted that jobs, and new units from NCR were moving to Tier II and III cities, and this could happen for J&K as well provided infrastructure was made available, and favourable policies designed. The ‘Make in India’ campaign, and the likely arrival of a new government in Jammu yet again gives the chance of making large interventions, and creating industry friendly infrastructure which could attract private investment from not only across the country but also abroad. However, if this does not happen then there is every likelihood that J&K will remain a backward, and corrupt state ever dependent on doles from Delhi.
- Omar Abdullah elected as the Leader of Jammu and Kashmir NC legislative party
- Written Test for POs postponed