Con­vert di­vid­ing LoC into line of peace: Fa­rooq

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

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.

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