Manmohan reviews Kashmir job plans

The Prime Minister met former Reserve Bank of India governor C Rangarajan, who is heading the expert committee, here on Saturday to discus the issue.

"The PM desired that the group take into account all relevant aspects, like skill enhancement, education and appropriate involvement of civil society and industry, so that employment opportunities generated are sustainable," said a PMO statement.

The committee has come up with several short and long term measures to create employment and improve employability amongst the youngsters in the state.

The panel, which the PM had formed in August, assured  Singh that it is indeed considering those aspects and would ready its report in three months, said the release. The PM had formed the committee, headed by Rangarajan, on August 10 to evolve an employment plan for the nearly 300,000 unemployed youth in the state.

CPM support
While supporting the Union Government’s move on Kashmir, the CPM has asked for more steps to make the situation normal in the state.

In a statement on Sunday the party said, “The eight-point proposal announced by the Central Government for Jammu and Kashmir is a step in the right direction. However, it is insufficient. More needs to be done to instill confidence among the people and to help restore peace and normalcy.”

The party has welcomed the move to release young prisoners detained for stone-pelting and to review cases of detention under Public Safety Act.

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