Tourism professionals face official neglect, demands rehbar-e-sayahat policy
BY: BASHARAT RASHID
PULWAMA: Tourism in J&K is one of the most important sectors of economy. Being the largest service industry, tourism is a significant contributor in this beautiful valley and most of the people here are associated to it.
Tourism is the pride of valley, therefore, most of the students from here prefer to go outside in different universities to get degrees in the same subject as it attracts large number of people from various parts of the world.
However, some of the professionals said that, the matter of serious concern is that they are not being given any chance in the said field and ‘it is being seen that people from outside are getting good benefits in the field rather.’
“It would have been much better if Kashmiri professionals who are having different degrees in tourism would have given jobs in the relevant departments,” they said.
In this connection, dozens of these unemployed tourism degree holder’s have protested and demand for framing a Rehbar-e-Sayahat policy in their favour.
Demanding under the banner of the All JK Unemployed Tourism Professionals Association (AJUTPA), they are eagerly waiting for the opportunities to come.
According to the members, there are almost 400 unemployed youth with degrees ranging from diplomas to PhDs in tourism studies.
They said that association had first put a proposal for the ‘Rehbar-e-Sayahat’ policy in 2008 before the then PDP-Congress government, but nothing has been done so far in this regard.
They said that present government should implement a policy on the pattern of the Rehbar-e-Taleem scheme, to absorb unemployed tourism professionals in Kashmir as early as possible.