Nagrota, May 27: National Conference Provincial President Devender Singh Rana on Sunday sought 70 per cent reservation in the central government establishments and public sector undertakings functioning in Jammu and Kashmir, keeping in view the burgeoning unemployment problem in the State.
Addressing workers here this afternoon, the Provincial President said state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir should get adequate openings in the central government departments, banks, railways, para-military and defence forces and a specified quota needs to be allocated for educated unemployed besides skilled and unskilled work-force.
Rana said this is imperative in view of limited opportunities in the State government departments and almost zero corporate sector due to lack of industries and big business houses. The unemployment, he said, has sapped the morale and confidence of the youth, who are unable to support their families and contribute in nation building.
“As a special dispensation, the Centre should take a policy decision with regard to reservation in central jobs together with relaxation in age in respect of the candidates of Jammu and Kashmir”, he said, adding that the measure will go a long way in offsetting the unemployment problem in the State.
Earlier, Rana provided 200 Solar LED High Mast lights, involving a cost of Rs 35 lakhs to temples, mosques, gurdwaras and churches of the Nagrota Block. The other blocks of the Nagrota Assembly Constituency would be covered under the scheme in the second phase.
The distribution of High Mast Lights was undertaken in presence of the religious scholars of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians. Besides, District Officer JAKEDA Deepak Sharma and large number of people were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Devender Singh Rana said that presence of cross section of people at a single platform reflects the glorious ethos of Jammu and Kashmir’s inclusiveness that has not only withstood test of times but also contributed in promoting harmony, peace and tranquility.
Unity in diversity is our greatest strength”, he said and hoped that this spirit will further get strengthened for making the State a better place to live in for people of all faiths. He said that all religions of the world taught peace, love, tolerance and respect for humanity.
Rana stressed the need for frequent interaction between people belonging to various faiths in order to eschew the tendencies of hate and mistrust and promote the spirit of camaraderie. “For building a harmonious society and better future of the State and the country, we should shun our differences and share our joys and sorrows”, he said and prayed for peace and prosperity.
The MLA said the high mast lights will go a long way in ensuring uninterrupted lighting of worship places, which are thronged by large number of people.
Later, Rana started machdimizaation at Upper Rangoora in Sidhra Panchayat.
Rana also visited R. S Pura and took stock of the damages caused by fire last evening, rendering 38 families of Tida Kalian homeless, gutting 27 structures, perishing of 50 cattle and burning of hundreds of tons of husk for livestock.
The Provincial President spoke to Deputy Commissioner, Jammu and sought interim relief for the fire sufferers besides their rehabilitation. He stressed the need for adequate compensation for raising dwelling units. He also spoke to the officers of Fire Services, Animal Husbandry, Red Cross and others for providing respite to the fire sufferers.
State Vice President Rattan Lal Gupta, Provincial Vice President Choudhry Haroon, Addl Spokesperson, Surinder Singh Bunty, Jameel Choudhry and others.
He also raised the issue of the forest fire in Jandrah and Ban with the authorities. (KNS)