Jammu: The Sher-e-Kashmir Employment Scheme announced for giving bright future to unemployed youths of Jammu and Kashmir has turned out to be a disappointment due to lack of basic infrastructure and the sluggishness of the concerned departments.

Lakhs of youth had showed interest in availing the scheme but few of them could avail this opportunity. Even banks are reluctant to give loans to youths in the valley.

The scheme, announced by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in 2009, aimed at providing assistance to unemployed youths in getting financial help from banks to make them self-employed.

Five lakh youths had registered for the scheme, but after 15 months, out of 201758 selected youths, only 15,112 could get financial assistance of Rs 5000-1100 per month.

Out of 77,160 Kashmiri youths, only 9779 got the aid and 5333 got help out of 47438 youths in Jammu.

According to reports, around two lakh youths are still waiting for the voluntary service allowance.

Members of Legislative Council, Abdul Gani Vakeel and Ajay Sadotra, have alleged that the department was not treating the unemployed youths properly and even banks are unwilling to grant loans.

The state High Education Minister, Abdul Gani Malik, admitted that along with management’s lethargic attitude, lack of awareness was also the reason affecting the implementation of the scheme.

The state government has so far organised 55 job fairs in which 36,000 unemployed youths have been registered for various welfare schemes.

JPN/Bureau