Terming the new employment policy as anti-youth and irrational, CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Tuesday said that such a policy is unjustified and bound to create insecurity among educated unemployed youth.
“The new recruitment policy is a cruel joke with the educated unemployed youth of the state and has nothing new to offer for them,” he said adding that a recruitment policy should have provisions for creation of jobs under various categories in all government departments and Public Sector Units in the state.
“Government initiatives for tackling unemployment problem from time to time have failed due to inherent loopholes and under such circumstances the new recruitment policy is another blow to the job aspiring educated youth, who were already disillusioned,” Tarigami said and called for a comprehensive employment policy where under identification of vacancies and their subsequent referral to the recruiting agencies for selection is ensured on fast track basis.
Stating that the rate of growth of employment has declined from 2.7% in 2000-05 to an alarming low of 0.8% in 2009-10 nationally, he demanded removal of ban on recruitment in Central government departments, enhancement in unemployment allowance, modernization of district level employment offices and enhancement of financial support for self-employment schemes, self-help groups and small enterprises.
Expressing dismay over the failure of the government in constitution of Public Service Commission (PSC) Tarigami said that the government’s lack of interest in making this institution functional is jeopardizing the future of thousands of youth in the state. Government must make all the recruiting agencies functional and refer posts lying vacant in government departments so that the educated unemployed youth are adjusted without any delay, he stressed.