Srinagar: A Kashmiri Pandit group today staged a protest against delay in full implementation of the Prime Minister’s employment package for youths of the community.
Carrying placards, members of Youth All India Kashmiri Samaj (YAIKS) gathered at Pratap Park area and demanded full implementation of the package, announced by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2008.
YAIKS joint secretary Ajay Safaya alleged, “Of the 6,000 jobs announced under the package, only 1,442 posts have been filled so far…Ironically, 800 posts under the package have been reserved for Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes but we do not have these categories, so we asked the government to shift these posts to open category which they did. But nothing has happened after that.”
He claimed a list of selected candidates is pending with the state service selection board for 1,500 posts, which has not been filled yet.