Jammu, January 29: In a very distressing example of unemployment in the state, for the last so many years the man who is working as a cook in the government school with a monthly honorarium of meager one Thousand bucks is a post graduate degree holder.
As per a report in a leading local daily, this man named Zahoor Ahmed Khan is a resident of Ari in Poonch district. He has attained a Masters Degree in Sociology but it did not help him to get a good job so he started working as a Cook in Government Middle School Upper Kandi Zone Harni under Mid-Day meal scheme since 2013 on the monthly pay of Rs. 1000 only.
While talking to the local daily , Zahoor said that he belongs to a poor family and he is eldest of his siblings. He wanted to share the responsibility to run the family affairs and thus he opted for this menial job despite having his higher qualification. But the irony here is that Zahoor has not been paid for the last 7 months and this has made things to turn from bad to worst.
“My father is an old man and he cannot work. The socio economic circumstances has forced me to manage the things as the responsibility of livelihood earnings came upon me only. I opted working here but the school has failed to pay me for the last seven months even when I am doing my job devotedly. When cooking gas cylinder runs out, I go to nearby forest and collect dried tree twigs to use them as fuel for cooking. No payment of honorarium has put my family in heavy financial burden,” Zahoor pleaded.
He added, “I don’t feel inferiority complex as cooking food for children gives nutrition to them and help them in staying healthy and focus on studies.”