In north Kashmir’s Baramulla 2,500 youth apply for 111 vacancies in Army

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Srinagar: Less than a week after Pulwama attack,at least 2,500 young men  turned up at an Army recruitment drive in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district – against a vacancy of 111.

In Kashmir unemployment is a problem, the turnout against 111 vacancies is an encouragement for youth to earn a livelihood of respect and serve the nation, officials told NDTV.

“By joining Army, we can serve the nation and also protect our families and take care of them as we hardly have any employment opportunities in the valley,” a candidate at the recruitment drive in north Kashmir’s Baramulla, 75 km from Srinagar, told news agency ANI.

Another candidate said, “We cannot go outside Kashmir. This is a great opportunity for us. We wish that more vacancies are offered to us. If Kashmiri personnel will be deployed in the sensitive areas then they can talk to the people and deal with the ongoing crisis.”

In 2016, unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir was higher than the national average, with the state having 24.6 per cent population in the 18-29 years age group as unemployed, according to the Economic Survey 2016.

One of the main reasons identified by the Jammu and Kashmir government, in its Economic Survey 2017, for high unemployment rate was “unsupportive administrative and regulatory framework and lack of transparency.”

The other reasons were cumbersome business registration procedures and costs, lack of business assistance services and absence of single-clearance window system

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