AJK to introduce Self-Employment Scheme soon

AJK to introduce Self-Employment Scheme soon

MIRPUR (AJK): A broad-based self-employment scheme will be introduced in Azad Jammu & Kashmir soon to overcome unemployment among either gender of youth especially jobless educated class.

The minimum age of a voter is being reduced from 21 years to 18 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir to ensure maximum participation of youth in politics for their participation in future general and local body elections in the State.

This was disclosed here Thursday by AJK Minister for Youth, sports and culture Choudhry Muhammad Saeed while speaking as chief guest at capacity-building youth dialogue hosted by leading Kashmiri NGO – Centre for Peace Development & Reforms (CPDR) with coordination of British Council at a local hotel.

Researcher & Consultant of British Council Salman Hyder Zaidi, Program Officer CPDR Jalal ud din Mughal, Director CPDR A.H. Rao, President AJK Chamber of Commerce & Industry Sohaib Saeed Ch., young leaders Dr. Usman Ghani and others also addressed the moot, attended by students of Mirpur University of Science & Technology, MBBS Medical College, lawyers, senior journalists and eminent icons from diverse segments of the local civil society.Ch. Saeed informed that volume of non-development budget has increased from Rs. 61 billion to 83 billion.

The minister said a comprehensive youth policy will be announced soon.

''The proposed policy will be inked after consultation with the youth"; he said adding that consultants will be hired to prepare an integrated youth policy which would ensure bright future of our young generation in all cadres.

The minister revealed that 25 percent representation will be given to both genders of youth in the forthcoming local bodies elections in AJK under the spirit to ensure due role of youth in development and progress of the country. (APP)