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Don’t see Kashmiris with suspicion: Omar

In a passionate appeal to not treat Kashmiris “with suspicion”,J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said his government

Written by Ruhi Tewari | Pampore,sopore | Published: April 7, 2013 1:38:17 am

In a passionate appeal to not treat Kashmiris “with suspicion”,J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday said his government would do all that is needed to ensure no Kashmiri is unduly harassed in other parts of India. “The country should not look at all Kashmiris with such suspicion. If we hear of a Kashmiri being mistreated in any other state,we will not ignore it and take up the matter with whosoever needed to ensure it doesn’t happen,” he said.

Omar was speaking at the valedictory function of trainees of Himayat,a training-cum-placement scheme run by the Centre,in Pampore. Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh attended the event.

Omar emphasised the need for youth to work outside J&K. “Our job is to give you an opportunity,it is upto you to use it to the fullest or waste it,” he said.

Ramesh stressed the importance of Himayat trainees being open to the idea of working in other parts of India. “Youth from Kashmir have to be ready to go out and work even though we will try our best to give them work in the state. But beyond a point,it is not possible to give 1,00,000 youth that we aim to train under Himayat placement in Kashmir itself,” he said.

Later in the day,in another Himayat centre in Sopore,Ramesh stressed on the importance of giving jobs to orphans in the state on priority basis,particularly those orphaned by militancy. He said a special component for orphans would now be included in the training-cum-placement scheme.

Most trainees who spoke at these functions sought greater financial help from the government when relocating for jobs.

Those who need to relocate are paid an Rs 2000 a month for six months in addition to the salaries from their employers. However,several of those who have received job offers from outside the valley have shown reluctance to relocate.

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