Youth working in IT sector on brink of losing jobs

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/10/2019 2:40:44 AM

Internet, communication blockade in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, Sep 9: The fate of over 2000 youth working in Information Technology (IT) sector here is hanging in balance due to the continuous internet blockade.
While the IT sector in rest of the country continues to bloom, the youth associated with this sector in Kashmir are at the brink of losing their jobs.
There is no internet facility, broadband or mobile in Valley since August 5 when the Articles 370 and 35A were scrapped and J&K state divided into two union territories. Nearly 2000 youth are associated with IT and working in various companies mainly at Rangreth.
Even as the IT sector could not develop fully the way it developed in other states, still efforts were made at various levels to introduce this sector in Kashmir also. Hundreds of youth have been getting training every year and seeking jobs here and outside.
The IT companies at Rangreth became the centre of attraction for such youth. They got employment there and used to earn livelihood for their families.
However, after the August 5 internet blockade the scenario completely changed. The IT companies are shut in absence of the internet facility. The management of the companies have told these employees that only few of them can be shifted to Delhi and rest may lose jobs if the internet blockade continued any longer.
“On one side the government of India is claiming to bring a new era of development after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35 A and on the other side it is creating unemployment by rendering the employees in IT sector jobless due to continuous internet blockade,” said Ishtiyaq Ahmad.
He said that the claim of officials that internet is misused does not carry weight. “The authorities must place a system in place so that their concerns are addressed and people are not also deprived of the internet facility. Kashmir is a conflict area and does that mean they will stop internet for ever here due to the apprehensions of it being misused,” Ishtiyaq said.
Another youth Yawar viewed that the authorities must immediately restore internet service, at least broadband to allow IT and media organizations function normally.



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