very year, universities and colleges in Jammu and Kashmir produce hundreds of graduates, postgraduates and youth with higher qualifications. With fewer avenues in the private sector in the Valley, the public sector remains the major source of employment generation. In the last three decades unemployment in Kashmir has grown at an exponential rate. In fact the trend has been witnessed in entire south Asia but due to the turmoil in Kashmir the pangs of unemployment have been felt a little harder. Unemployment in India is at an all time high-it has ebbed to the lowest in 45 years. On May 31, the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI) released data, which indicated that joblessness had peaked to an impossible 6.1 percent. This confirmed the National Sample Survey Office’s report for 2017-2018 which had been withheld by the government but became public following a leak.
According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), J&K had the highest monthly average unemployment rate of over 15% between January 2016 and July 2019, more than double the national monthly average unemployment rate of 6.4% during the period. In its latest survey, the body has shown that though the unemployment rate in J&K has improved a little to over 11.1%, despite double lockdowns, it is worse than the national average of 8.3%. Many Kashmiri youth are forced to earn a living in gulf and other greener pastures across the world. In Kashmir the situation is alarming. There are thousands of youth with nothing to do-just imagine some 70,000 individuals with graduate degrees idling away their days. The government needs to make these youth employable by running more and more skill-imparting programs. The advertisement for skill imparting programs need to be broader based. Besides, the government must divert the intelligent lot towards marketing of our artifacts and horticulture produce. The government must also run short-term programs on learning foreign languages so that our youth are effectively able to converse with tourists of all countries-this model has been followed in Leh already which receives a lot of French, Italian and Spanish tourists. Unemployment is the mother of all social evils. Beyond a certain age a man with nothing to do can be a very bad man. We must collectively strive to end unemployment from entire UT of Jammu and Kashmir and especially from our Kashmir valley.