NYC begins hunger strike

NYC begins hunger strike

IRFAN RASHID

Srinagar:

After continuous “failure of government” to implement cabinet decision, hundreds of National Youth Corps (NYC) youth including large section of women gathered in Pratap Park on Tuesday to begin their 72 hours hunger strike.
Youth from both parts of the state commenced their hunger strike at 11 am on Tuesday after government failed to respond to their demand of issuing formal order of their engagement as contingent workers in school education department.
Central government had framed few special schemes for youth of J&K in 2010 summer unrest “to channelize their energy in nation building” and NYC was formed under Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
These were deployed in 2010 under scheme national youth Corps in state government departments but even after passing five years, their fate hangs in balance. Under this scheme, they were eligible to serve up to two years but later the government utilized them for other jobs on the same honorarium of Rs 2500 per month.
After the term of their contract came to end, the youth staged protests demanding that their services should be continued and regularized. They even held hunger strikes and went to Jantar Mantar Delhi to protest for their demand.
On 22 October 2014, Omar government had passed a cabinet order no 192/CIR/2014 and then secretary education vide order number 737-EDU/2014 to engage 6000 NYC as contingent workers in schools department against vacancies created in newly 800 upgraded schools.
Sources said that cabinet had also approved the implications of Rs 39.60 crore for the implementation of the order.
President NYC, Asif Ali Bhat said: “It remain unfortunate that we are still insufficient to get formal order of engagement as the government decision and order are of more than ten months and there is still nothing in our hands by which our future can be secure. We are suffering from last several years, and are without any pay after November 2012. And today all the 6000 NYC youth of state are waiting for joining order from last several months.”
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