STATE TIMES NEWSDANSAL: National Conference Provincial President, Devender Singh Rana on Saturday sought focussed development, employment generation, fast track recruitment process and expeditious initiation of political activities in Jammu and Kashmir, saying these will go a long way towards satiation of the aspirations of the youth. “Concerns of youth need priority attention in terms of providing jobs by undertaking fast track recruitment to fill up the whopping number of vacancies”, Rana said during public interactions while undertaking extensive tour of Jandrah, Dhan, Nagola, Kattalbatal and Dhok Waziran panchayats of Nagrota Assembly Constituency. Rana shared the anxiety of youth over burgeoning unemployment rate as also their concerns about the ambiguity on the recruitment process due to fears being generated on jobs going to be filled on all India basis thus shrinking the avenues for locals. Such apprehensions add to the anxieties of already stressed unemployed, he said adding these fears are needed to be eschewed by declaring a clear cut policy, as this phenomenon can further retard the dash and drive of youth who are already feeling marginalized and disempowered, he said. The Provincial President also expressed dismay over developmental inertia of the recent years and called for speedy completion of various projects and schemes, languishing due to abject neglect and financial constraints. This has become all the more necessary as people are suffering in the wake of defunct utility services, erratic power and drinking water supply and dilapidated road network. The scenario in rural and hilly areas is precautions on developmental front, which calls for immediate attention, he said while underscoring the need for raising rural infrastructure. Referring to the crucial need for restoration of political activities, Rana expressed concern over continued detention of mainstream leaders including three former chief ministers in Kashmir and sought their immediate release. He said strengthening of democratic activity in this part of the country is imperative for preserving the idea of India and hoped that positive headway will be made in this regard soon. Rana also sought lifting of curbs on communication completely in the larger interest of trade, commerce, industry, tourism sector besides health and educational development. Prominent among those who accompanied the Provincial President during his Constituency visit included Som Nath Khajuria, Pt Rameshwar Dutt, Subash Singh, Master Ranjit Singh, Kishori Lal, Kulbhushan Singh, Mohan Lal, Mohan Singh, Balwant Singh, Ram Parshotam Sharma, Kaushal Khajuria, Ajju, Lal Chand, Mohammed Salim, Sher Ali and others. The visit of Rana was marked by joining of prominent social and political activists, who included Narinder Kumar Babli, Rattan Lal, Shamlal, Lal, Vinod Sharma, Hans Raj, Surinder Kumar, Gian Chand, Shambunath, Avinash Sharma, Abhishek Sharma, Pankaj Sharma, Gourav Magotra, Chanchala Devi, Kamla Devi, Soma Devi, Rita Rani, Satya Devi, Sunita Devi and others. Rana welcomed the new entrants into the party fold, saying this will further strengthen National Conference at grassroots level. Later a deputation of Valmiki Samaj, led by Suresh Kumar and others also met the Provincial President at Dhok Waziran and highlighted various issues.
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