#Opinion Puneet G
As it is, the unemployed younger generation in the state of Jammu and Kashmir is a massive cause for unrest within. It is worse in Kashmir since the youth there in a sheer beleaguered state of joblessness are vulnerable and thus easy targets to take up the path of militancy, mostly because of the promised quick and big riches. If not that, they religiously spend decades of their lives in the sycophancy of the Separatist leaders. In return generations of Kashmiri youth have been wasted away, either getting killed during protests or living on the bare minimum allowances given by their masters. The lives remain unfulfilled and as a result frustration and disarray materializes.
The current coalition government should have put more thought into the recruitment policy in terms of the time frame required for the permanency of contractual recruits. Under the new Recruitment policy framed by the Mufti government, appointments against gazetted and non-gazetted posts will be made on contractual basis. The regularization of these contractual recruits will be done after a long seven years of ‘satisfactory’ service, a time frame that only suits the needs of the very young fresh pass outs.
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The Mufti government could have learned from the same mistake made by the previous government which withdrew it because of stiff opposition faced by it from the educated unemployed youth. The age groups of the unemployed vary from 20 years upto even 45 years of age. Those in the latter class of age will not even qualify for appointments for the reason of overage.
Say a person applies for a post at 32 years of age hoping to be regularized after the 7 year period. Depending on the parameters set by the government for ‘Satisfactory’ performance, the person finally may not be regularized. This is a problem that has to arise. This is notwithstanding the meager salary that the person will work on for years together. At 39 years of age the person will be as beleaguered as a lost cow in a city and will have exhausted any further chances of employment.
Also, say the government does not make it in the next term. The seven years are then to be completed in the next government’s tenure and if the conditions are not suitable at that time, for all we know the policy may even be revoked again jeopardizing the future of those who shall join now. By mandating a seven-year period, the Mufti Government has escaped responsibility in the crucial process of recruitment of the youth who are the future of the state.
The current coalition could have easily reduced the period to say five years, framed unbiased parameters to assess the ‘Satisfactory’ performance and before the end of its term, could have proven their planning to the state. Not only would have they won the trust of the people, but also this could further ensure the cementing of another term.