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Tourism professionals demand implementation of Rehbar-e-Sayahat scheme

Srinagar, Jan 9: The Jammu and Kashmir Unemployed Tourism Professionals Association (JKUTPA) on Wednesday asked the government to implement the Rehbar-e-Sayahat scheme in the state.
Protesting here at the Srinagar’s Pratap Park, scores of candidates raised slogans in favor of their demands.
Speaking on the occasion, Khurshid Ahmad Wani, President of the association, said, “We are protesting from 2007 for the implementation of the scheme in the state. But every time government fails to fulfill our demands. The files we submitted years before are gathering dust at the civil secretariat since 2007.”
“We all are degree holders. Some are even scholars in this field,” he said.
He sought clarification from the government over neglecting their demands. “If government is calming that tourism is the backbone of the J&K that why tourisms professionals are being ignored? Our inclusion in the department will be highly beneficial for the department,” Wani said.
They said that due to the prevailing circumstances of 2008, 2010 and, 2016 the implementation of the scheme was delayed by the government. “Late Mufti Mohammad Syed (former CM of Jammu &Kashmir) had promised us for the implementation of the scheme but, unfortunately, due to his sudden demise it couldn’t be implemented,”said one of the protesters.
He said around 450 candidates from all three regions of the state are suffering due to non-implementation of the scheme.
“Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has addressed many rallies in which she said that youth would be employed in the tourism sector. However, nothing happened, and the government continues to play with our careers,” said another protester.