About Us

Sachin Kumar

Message

"Dastaq-e-Shopian a path breaking initiative of District Administration Shopian to knock the doors of unemployed youth to Achieve the Quality Employment by establishing Self Employment Units in a hassle free manner through an integrated portal. I hope this portal will be utilised by the youth of Shopian in best possible way."

Shri Sachin Kumar Vaishya (IAS)
District Magistrate

About Shopian

Shopian or Shupiyan is a far flung hilly area which was carved out from Pulwama district and was given the status of Hill District on 01-04-2007. The geologist Frederic Drew stated that Shopian derived its name from a distortion of word shah-payan, i.e. “royal stay” because it used to be one of the wazarat headquarters of mughals. However, the local people hold the view that Shopian was earlier named as “Shin-Van” meaning “snow forest” . The historic Mughal road passes through the district.

The district is also known as Apple Bowl of J&K State, as the district is famous for Horticulture sector, particularly, for the production of apples, which is the main source of livelihood of the people.

It is land-locked from all sides by districts like Pulwama, Anantnag, Kulgam etc. It is located in the foothills of Pir Panjal range at an altitude of 2146 meters above sea level and is spread over an area of 612.86 sq. kms with a population of 2.68 Lacs. Shopian has a sex ratio of 951 females for every 1,000 males, and a literacy rate of 62.49%. Population of the district is predominantly Muslims followed by Hindus and Sikhs. The population comprises of various groups of diverse nature like Gujars, Bakerwals, Pustons, Dogarwals, Minels and predominantly Kashmiris. The district comprises of 7 tehsils having 232 villages which are a part of 98 Gram Panchayats.

Youth are the largest subsection with 43% of the population between 15-40 years.

The challenge:

Despite the tremendous potential, the district has been the hot-bed of militancy for the last three decades. Youth have been the worst victims of the conflict. The systematic and consistent propaganda against the developmental policies of the government by the terror outfits and their sympathisers resulted in a significant disillusionment of the youth. It was further aggravated by the lack of opportunities and exposure coupled with the lack of effective outreach. Besides, notion that government offices cause undue delays in processing documents together with rampant favouritism and corruption prevented the aspiring youth from approaching the government offices.

As a result, despite various efforts by the government towards productive engagement of the youth through various employment generation schemes, a small number turned up to benefit from these schemes.