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Jammu KashmirUnrest hits jobs, developmental works in JK

Unrest hits jobs, developmental works in JK


Unrest hits jobs, developmental works in JK

NL Correspondent

SRINAGAR: There is no sector that has not affected in due to ongoing unrest in the Valley. It is not only developmental works and the sector that have been halted and affected but there are thousands of people in and Kashmir who have got unemployed due to the prevailing situation here.

Like the education, horticulture and business, the IT sector in Kashmir too took a hit forcing many young techies to look for other employment avenues.

In Jammu and Kashmir, as many as 14000 techies were employed by various IT companies and in Kashmir alone 6000 out of the 9000 employees are currently sitting idle.  According to sources, around 6000 Information (IT) professionals have lost their jobs in Kashmir due to the prevailing unrest.

Jehangir Raina, Chairman of Information Communication Technology Association, a conglomerate of 45 IT companies said that the sector has witnessed massive job cuts during past three months.

“Even now only 2000-3000 employees would be enrolled in IT companies here. Rest have lost their jobs due to the prevailing unrest,”he said.

Raina added that the government too has stopped outsourcing IT companies for various projects which he believes has added to the losses of these companies.

“Government has kept many projects on hold from last three months. We would often be given projects like digitization of departments, preparation of Aadhar cards and other services. We have not been approached either by government or private companies during these months,” he added.

Raina said that multinational companies too have stopped issuing projects to the valley based IT companies citing the developing of negative perception outside about Kashmiris.

Meanwhile many local techies have moved to other states or have shifted to other professions due to the continuous breakdown of the business.

There are also thousands of people in tourism industry, handicrafts, horticulture and various other companies who have lost their jobs due to unrest.

Similarly, hundreds of non-locals including skilled workers working on various developmental projects have left the Valley due to ongoing unrest.

“Under the present circumstances, it is not possible to re-start work in the Valley. When ministers, MLAs and bureaucrats are reluctant to move freely than how is it possible to work in Kashmir,” said a group of skilled labourers who have been working on Jehaingir Chowk-Rambagh flyover in Srinagar.

Work on some vital projects including Jahangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover, construction of surface water drainage system in Athwajan, water pipeline Doodhganga, water drainage system Rawalpora and other projects have been stopped. All these major projects which are handled by Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) and financed by Asian Development Bank (ADB) have missed deadlines while the skilled and semi-skilled labourers mostly non-locals have abandoned the construction sites.

Sources said the roads and buildings department had set up a target for completion of over 50 bridges by March 2017 which are likely to miss the deadline due to the prevailing situation as no work is being done under the present circumstances.

An official of roads and buildings department said some projects only require skilled labourers who are mostly non-locals. “When they left the Valley how is it possible to restart the work on various developmental projects,” the official said.

Roads and buildings development department minister Abdul Rehman Veeri said the government had asked the non-local officials and labourers (engineers and skilled workers) to resume their work but they had refused so far.

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