Srinagar, Jan 07 (Agencies): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said that providing jobs for youth of the state was his ‘earnest mission’.

"While certain political leaders make the youth pick up stones, my Government is placing job orders in their hands and providing them with avenues for better career and bright future," he said while addressing a gathering in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Thursday.

The Chief Minister said that Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY) is an effective medium to address unemployment crisis meaningfully and appropriately.

Earlier, the Chief Minister laid the foundation of two bridges at Amard Ashmuqam and Seer Nambal in the Anantnag district, which will be constructed at a cumulative cost of Rs 11 crore.

The bridge at Ashmuqam will be of 184 metre span connecting Ashmuqam and Saller villages. It is likely to be completed in two years at a cost of Rs 6.72 crore.

The Seer Nambal bridge will be of 72 metres span and is likely to cost about Rs 4.12 crore. It will connect Nambal Seer and Langbal villages with Khannabal-Pahalgam road and provide an alternate route for tourists to visit the picturesque Pahalgam.