Bandipora Employment Exchange in Dire Need of Funds.
More than 1.5 crore Self Employment scheme Interest subsidy of 850 cases pending
BANDIPORA: More than 1.5 crore of 850 cases for Self Employment Scheme is pending in North Kashmir’s District Bandipora.
Despite all formalities carried by candidates for Subsidy amount, the employees at the department are helplessness due to inadequate funds from the higher-ups. Locals complained that Employees of the said department are getting handsome salaries of no work.
Those youths who have started a business units through the loan availed from the department are not being provided subsidy from 2013. Thousands of youth from the District have started their business, but the department doesn’t show any clues to credit their subsidy from last 06 years. These youths are moving pillar to post but nobody seems concerned about their cause, insiders say.
An unemployed youth namely Mushtaq Ahmed Resident of Bandipora narrated his painful story that he “approached the Employment exchange to seek a loan under The Self Employment Scheme and the loan was sanctioned in 2015 in my favour. I was of the intention to set up my own unit for business but till date no subsidy amount has been released in my favour in spite of promises”. He wonders why false promises and empty slogans are broadcasted and telecasted through multimedia.
Another loan availed Mohammad Hanief narrated the same story by saying he too is sinking in the same boat from 3 years.
“It shows that Government is not serious about the problem and is befooling the youths by making false schemes, which is totally sheer injustice with unemployed youth”, allege the youth.
“Hope the government officials will catch sight of these words and will take immediate action and measure in this behalf so that this Government Scheme will prove to be too in near future said, Zoya Khan”.
In Bandipora district around 25,000 un-employed youth are registered as per official records in Employment Exchange for the Voluntary Service Allowance(VSA). However, scores of such aspirants have complained that they are yet to receive their amount of past several years, they complained that their files are lying in dustbins now.
“From the past three years, I have not received a single penny, every time I visit the Employment Exchange I return back without getting the money. This is sheer injustice,” said Mohammad Saleem Malik, an unemployed youth.
When contacted AD Employment Bandipora Ms Shabnam Ji, She informed, “Funds under the Volunteer Allowance Scheme have been stopped since 2013 from the government for any amendment cause and the subsidy of those youths who have availed loans through our department is pending at higher-ups.”