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Bakaya seeks fast track recruitment of migrant youth, renovation of dilapidated colonies


Jammu, March 18, (Scoop News)-Expressing deep concern over apathetic attitude of the PDP-BJP government towards accumulated problems of Kashmiri migrants, languishing in Jammu and elsewhere in the country, National Conference on Saturday sought fast-track recruitment process for filling up vacancies under the Prime Minister’s Package and resolution of various issues like renovation of dilapidated colonies in a time-bound manner.
“No forward movement has been registered over the past two years with regard to recruitment of migrants despite availability of posts, as a result of which unemployed educated youth are hugely suffering from feeling of alienation”, former MLC Mr Vijay Bakaya said while addressing functionaries of the National Conference Minority Cell at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan here this afternoon.
Mr Bakaya, who is also Political Advisor to National Conference President Dr Farooq Abdullah, recounted the initiatives taken especially during the tenure of Mr Omar Abdullah as Chief Minister for providing jobs to migrant youth and mitigating problems of non-camp and camp dwellers. He hoped that the coalition government will pick up the thread, without indulging in rhetoric, and get into vibrant mode to resolve issues confronted to the migrants. He expressed dismay over highly dilapidated condition of tenements at Jagati and other similarly placed colonies, saying that despite repeated pleas, the coalition government seems to be unconcerned. He also highlighted the issues pertaining to migrant employees working in the Valley and hoped that apart from instilling sense of security, all necessary facilities will be provided to them. He also stressed the need for putting in place a mechanism in the Relief Organization, Jammu for solution of day to day problems of the migrants.
Referring to the ensuing by polls to Srinagar and Anantnag Parliamentary Constituencies, the former MLC exuded confidence that sagacious migrant voters will exercise their democratic right carefully so that their voice reaches vociferously in the highest democratic forum of the country. “Time has come when we must join together and play our decisive role in strengthening democracy by electing a right representative”, he said and hoped that the migrant electors will cast their votes in favour of secular, democratic and forward looking Dr Farooq Abdullah in a big way. He said the victory of Dr Abdullah will herald a new era of hope for peace in Kashmir, which he described pre-requisite for safe and dignified return of migrants to the Valley. He said National Conference has all along strived for honourable return of Kashmiri migrants and referred to the resolution moved by the Working President Mr Omar Abdullah, which was unanimously passed by the Legislative Assembly during the Budget Session. He also referred to the setting up of Apex Committee, which he described a useful forum in mitigating migrants’ problems.
Speaking on the occasion, Additional General Secretary Dr Sheikh Mustafa Kamaal said that Kashmiri Pandits were integral to the Valley’s glorious ethos and the majority community has been yearning for their return.


“Despite unfortunate situation, the bonds of trust between various segments of Kashmir society remain intact”, Dr Mustafa Kamaal said, adding that this is the real strength of the state, which is known for its inclusiveness and glorious heritage.
State Vice President Mr Rattan Lal Gupta said that National Conference is the only party that can steer the state from present morass to peace, progress prosperity of all the three regions, irrespective of caste, creed and color.
Former MLC and State Vice President Th Kashmira Singh hoped that Kashmiri migrants will cast their votes for strengthening National Conference to end the prevailing political instability in the state.
Former minister and senior National Conference leader Mr Abdul Gani Malik expressed deep anguish over defunct utility services in migrant camps and urged the administration to take immediate steps for ensuring regulated power and drinking water supply besides rations and medical facilities.
Former MLC and Chairman NC Minority Cell Mr Bushan Lal Bhat highlighted various issues faced by camp and non-camp migrants and expressed dismay over the failure of the PDP-BJP government in resolving these.
Provincial Vice President Mr Anil Dhar slammed the PDP-BJP government for inciting passions by exploiting sentiments of people, saying this has plunged the state into a crisis like situation. He said the governance deficit has retarted growth and resulted in development inertia, as a consequence the people in general and migrants in particular were suffering for the past two years.
President NC Minority Cell Mr M K Yogi also spoke on the occasion and enumerated initiatives taken in seeking redressal to the problems of migrants. He, however, expressed anguish over the lackadaisical approach of the coalition government, saying that due to lack of vision the displaced community is feeling let down on all fronts.
Mr Yogi cautioned the government not to test the patience of migrants and get into brass tracks for mitigating their problems on urgent basis.
Vice President Youth National Conference Mr Jatin Bhat said that the migrant youth were feeling disillusioned by the anti-youth policies of the government. He exhorted youth to come forward in a big way and support National Conference, which, he said, stands guarantee to satiate their urges and aspirations.
On the occasion, the NC Minority Cell passed a resolution seeking immediate renovation of all the migrants camps established in Jammu and effective and time bound implementation of employment packages.
The meeting was also addressed by Mr Ashok Koul, Dr Sheikh Amina , Mr ML Munshi and others.


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