Kohima, September 25: The Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPYC) on Saturday launched the ‘Rozgar Do’ campaign against the State and Central government.
In this, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Secretary i/c of Nagaland Sarifa Rahman officially launched the mobile number 7998799854 asking the unemployed youths to give a missed call on it.
Addressing the State Youth Congress at Congress Bhavan here, she said the BJP government in the Centre led by Narendra Modi came to power only on the promise of providing jobs to the youths of the country.
But, despite being the second term, the Modi government has failed to provide employment to the youths while the Nation continues to suffer because of the unplanned policies of the ruling government.
Unemployment rate in the country has been the highest under the Modi government in the last 45 years, she said while quoting the National Sample Survey report of 2017-18.
“Under Modi government it is the corporate and businessmen benefiting and not the educated unemployed as the government has failed to come out with anything productive for the youths,” she said.
Meanwhile, dwelling on the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, she questioned the State and Central governments on the non-availability of toilet facilities on the stretch of National Highway-29 connecting the state’s commercial hub Dimapur with State capital Kohima and also the deplorable road condition.
NPYC president Vilhousielie Kenguruse quoting records from the State Employment Department said the registered unemployed youth in the State stands at 90,584 as on February 21.
The number of unemployed Naga youth would cross six digit figures if those unregistered unemployed youths as well as the returnees from other States are included in the list, he said.
Maintaining that successive central government has poured crores of rupees to Nagaland for upliftment of unemployed youth through Skill Development under Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme, PMEGP and many other employment scheme and projects, Kenguruse demanded that the state government must come out clear way forward for implementation for the Naga youth cutting across all political barriers.
“On 15th June 2020, Nagaland Government proudly announced through the Labour department that an amount of Rs 3.8 crore has been extended as assistance to 19,064 Registered Construction Workers from Cess Fund by depositing Rs 2000 each through Direct Transfer Benefit to their bank accounts but the reality records obtained from Labour department shows only 9,716 has received Rs 2000 each,” he said.
The share of 9,348 registered Construction Workers were embezzled, he accused.
Moreover, the Youth Congress president demanded to know why as many as 14,789 out of 24,455 Registered Construction workers were denied Cess Fund of Rs 2000 each which were actually allotted to them.
Further, he also asked the Nagaland State Government to enact the Securitizations and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002 to enable the Unemployed Youth aspiring to take up entrepreneurship to avail loans from bank institutions.
Maintaining that the present day Nagaland Government has turned blind and deaf to the plight and misery of its people, Kenguruse said that the PDA government has miserably failed to manage and control the escalated prices of essential commodities during this COVID-19 pandemic.
The skyrocketing prices of essential commodities, with effect from the first national lockdown till today, has affected all but the most affected ones are the common people, he said.
On the claims of the government of extending help and assistance towards stranded and migrant workers during the pandemic, he said “the Government has totally failed to address the basic needs of the daily wage earners, poor and downtrodden, and even the unemployed Naga youth were left unattended.
NPYC general secretary Isaac Ovung also spoke on the occasion. (Page News Service)