Srinagar, January 03, 2018 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, most of the workforce of carpenters, painters and masons comprises Indians even though unemployment level has increased in the territory. Indian people could be seen running vends as well as working as salesmen in Lal Chowk, Srinagar. At Sara-i-Bala, near the Dastageer Sahab Shrine, almost every stall owner is non-local. A non-local vendor said that he earns 2 to 2.5 lakh in winter season in a span of six months by selling groundnuts and corn.
“I pay in advance a payment of Rs 1.5 lakh to the person who provides peanuts. If you don’t pay the amount early you would not get the stock in time. I am satisfied with the job,” said a peanut seller from Lucknow.
There are thousands of others who sell guava, pine apples and other eatables on stalls. Several surveys reveal the unemployment among the educated youth in Jammu and Kashmir has touched new heights with lacs of candidates applying for a few thousand posts advertised by recruitment agencies.
Experts term conflict the main reason that pushes the Kashmiri youth to only look for government jobs. They said that Kashmir had been facing a situation of uncertainty right from 1947. “This atmosphere of uncertainty has become worse in last 20 years or so. The uncertainty has prevented outside investment in various fields in Kashmir,” they added.
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