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Unemployment Rate in J&K Touches 21.6%; Highest in India

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Exposing the underbelly of Jammu and Kashmir on economic indices, the newly created Union Territory has registered the highest unemployment rate of 21.6 per cent among all states, UTs in India.

According to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) figures, J&K has a 21.6 per cent unemployment rate, which is the worst among states/Union Territories in India.

The unemployment rates are produced by CMIE using its Consumer Pyramids Household Survey machinery. CMIE has pegged India’s unemployment rate at 6.9 per cent, which means J&K has a much higher unemployment rate than the national average.

According to the CMIE data, the unemployment rate in J&K has jumped from over 13 per cent in August 2021 to 21.6 per cent in September. As per the official data, J&K is the only region in India with an over 20 per cent unemployment rate.

Other states, which follow J&K in terms of the highest unemployment, are Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Tripura, where the unemployment rate is above 15 per cent.

Besides these official figures, other data sources indicate the severity of unemployment in J&K. For example, the employment registration carried out by the Directorate of Employment last year witnessed 3 lakh registrations by postgraduates and PhD degree holders.

A few months back, J&K Service Selection Board advertisement for 8000 class IV posts saw a whopping 5.4 lakh aspirants applying.

“Problem in Kashmir is compounded by the fact that the private sector in the region is yet to realize its full potential. The main source of employment here is the government sector which is overstretched to the extent that you have around 1 lakh youth working as daily rated workers in government departments and are seeking regularization of their services,” said a senior official, adding that “for past two years tourism sector of J&K to is dull due to the situation.”

According to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI), the combined unemployment rate of J&K and Ladakh hit the highest 17.8 per cent in October-December of 2020, against the national average of 7.11 per cent.

Around 48,908 unemployed youth have registered with the J&K Department of Employment up to June 2021, including 21,205 postgraduates. The government departments remain the highest employers in the UT in the absence of a flourishing industrial sector and the corporate sector.

However, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has said he was expecting five lakh jobs as the UT was set to get Rs 25,000-30,000 Cr of private investment.

Amish Mahajan, Content Writer, JK Media 

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3 People Went Missing in Jammu under Suspicious Circumstances; Police Starts Search Operation

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Three people living in Janipur and Kanachak areas went missing from their homes under suspicious circumstances. A case has been registered at the concerned police station on the complaint of the three family members.

In the complaint lodged at Janipur police station, Mohd Sadiq, son of Alam Din resident Paloura, said that his 19-year-old daughter-in-law Sonam Kaur’s wife Mohammad Yasir had gone from home for some work on Monday around 4 pm. Sonam is wearing a pink salwar and kameez. Information was collected about him in every possible place, but he reached Janipur police station and got his missing report registered after not getting any clue.

At the same time, Sandhya Mehra, a girl living in Janipur, went missing from her house on Tuesday afternoon under suspicious circumstances. The girl’s brother Sanjay Mehra told the police that her sister’s mental condition was not good. She has left the house without informing. A case of missing has been registered at Janipur police station.

On the other hand, 45-year-old Balwinder Singh, a resident of Garhi in Kanachak, went missing from his house on the outskirts of the city. Her brother Vikram Singh got her missing report lodged with the Kanachakk police station. Taking action in this matter, the photographs and other information of missing people from the concerned police station were sent through the police control room to all the police stations and outposts of the city. If any information is received about them, the concerned police should be informed.

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Reasi Police Arrested 2 Absconders Accused of Kidnapping-Rape after 19 years

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Reasi Police has arrested two brothers accused of kidnapping and rape after 19 years. Both have been identified as Abdul Rashid and Makhna son Mian Kharian, resident of Barnaili Thillu Tehsil Mahor Reasi. In 2002, Mahor police had registered a case of kidnapping and rape against both the accused. He kidnapped the woman and kept her with him, and raped her every day.

Reasi police said that both the accused fled away as soon as the case was registered in the police station. Both of them changed their disguise and were living from one place to another. This is the reason why it was difficult to arrest them. Meanwhile, after the investigation proved the case, a charge sheet was presented against them in the court in 2003. The court, on 10/09/2004, issued an order of arrest against both the accused.

The Reasi police team led by SSP Reasi Shailendra Singh made an elaborate plan and laid a trap to arrest the absconding accused. The police succeeded in their strategy, and both hardcore and long-running criminals were arrested. Police officials said that evidence had been collected against both the accused, and soon both will be produced before the court.

SSP Shailendra Singh took over the command of Reasi District Police, the police have arrested more than 100 absconding criminals in the last six months under the scheme of “Arrest of the Ferrari”. This is a record in itself. At the same time, the local people have also appreciated the functioning of the police department under the leadership of SSP Shailendra Singh for pushing the hardcore criminals of the district behind bars in such a short time.

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Two Rajouri residents missing after snowstorm traced in Shopian

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Police on Wednesday said the two residents of Rajouri who had gone missing after being caught in a snowstorm in the upper reaches of the district had been traced in south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

In an official statement, Rajouri police said that a missing report of the duo was lodged on 24 October in police station Budhal in which it came to fore that one person, namely Javed Shah, son of Haneef Shah resident of Targain along with a relative namely Khadam Shah son of Muzamal Shah resident of Hasote Chasana Reasi went to Kashmir by foot along with their sheep on 22 October. Still, no further communication had been possible with them.

On receipt of this information, a police party from Police Station Budhal was rushed to the upper reaches of snowbound mountains for a search and rescue operation. At the same time, the army also assisted in this operation, whereas police from Reasi district dispatched its teams for this operation, said police.

In the meantime, a specific technical exercise was initiated, and the Budhal police station gathered information based on technical evidence to trace the missing person, police informed.

Based on this technical exercise, the PS Budhal team led by SHO Mustaj Ahmed succeeded in tracking the said person from the Mony Mahal area of Shopian district.

District Police Shopian immediately swung into action and assisted in establishing contact with the missing person, who has now been safely traced.

SP Rajouri, Sheema Nabi Qasba has appealed to the people not to venture on snowbound mountains and areas and to move only on those safe tracks in the winter season.

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