Trained tourist facilitators, landscapers, gardeners rendered jobless

Jahangeer Ganaie
Srinagar, Sept 3: Scores of youth, who were trained to become tourist facilitators, landscapers and gardeners in 2016, held a protest at press enclave, accusing the government of keeping them in dilemma.
“In 2016 when there was turmoil in the Valley after the killing of Burhan Wani, the then State administration announced fast track recruitment for local youth, but unfortunately it is 2020, and our issue is still pending,” said Shakeel Ahmad, a trainee.
Another member of the delegation said that around 3000 aspirants were trained under the “tourist facilitators scheme” at IHM, Rajbagh.
“We were promised that instant jobs will be provided after the completion of the training. Our files are complete with all the requirements but despite that nothing has been done so far,” he said.
He said that one day they are being told that the scheme was Kashmir centric and very few people were from Jammu division, that is why it has been kept pending and the other day authorities say the issue will be resolved soon.
“We request the government to come clear. Either provide jobs to us or tell us that you won’t be adjusted as we have already lost four years and we don’t want to lose more time.”
The delegation said that the then Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and later the Governor’s administration also promised that jobs will be provided, however, since then over four years have passed but nothing has been done so far.
They said that there are a lot of vacancies of tourist facilitators, landscapers and gardeners in the tourism department but due to unknown reasons authorities are delaying their recruitment process.
They appealed to the Lt Governor administration to look into the matter in order to “save the future” of trained aspirants. KNO)


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