Convert dividing LoC into line of peace: Farooq
BUDHAL, IHK—National Conference president and former Union Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday pitched for autonomy to both sides of Jammu and Kashmir, saying this is the “only viable and realistic solution” to nearly seven decade problem that has “cast dark shadows over the generations.”
“We owe peace and dignified life to posterity and that can be achieved only by converting the present dividing line between the two neighbouring countries into line of peace,” Abdullah said, addressing party workers at Budhal during the second-leg of his three-day tour to Rajouri and Poonch districts.
Dr Abdullah said hostilities of the past nearly 70 years have “retarded development” of people on both sides of the line of control and time has come when India and Pakistan should “take a bold initiative by calling a spade a spade.—GK
BILAL AHMAD DAR NEMPLOYMENT has been a major challenge in Kashmir for a long time. Poor culture of enterprise and the existing unemployment situation in the state is now a major driver of poverty and social vice. Unemployment has assumed a multi-dimensional phenomenon cutting across all facets of life across age groups, educational strata and geographies.
More disturbing today is the ever rising trend of youth unemployment in Kashmir. Many people are unemployed because they have not acquired the kind of skills that are frequently demanded in the environment they operate in.
However after 2007, the Entrepreneurship Development Institute in the state has made some valuable contribution by helping and advocating a strong opportunity in promoting entrepreneurship.
But there are still many youth including Universities graduates, products of polytechnics and colleges of education roaming the streets looking for regular employments that are non-existent.
Although several attempts have been made at encouraging entrepreneurial activities in state in last few years, real entrepreneurs have rarely emerged. It is therefore not surprising that only minimal success has been recorded.
The truth is that they did not have a significant, lasting and sustainable positive effect.
Entrepreneurship can be a model for youth empowerment in transitioning to employment through entrepreneurial education the overall goal of which should be to impart students and our youths with the right attitudes, knowledge and skills to compete in the existing environment, and
UThe socio-economic situation in the state poses serious threats and challenges to both the government and the wellbeing of citizens as a whole.
Entrepreneurship education provides students with motivation, knowledge, and skills essential for launching a successful venture.