The Shiromani Akali Dal on Sunday asked the Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to break his silence on facts presented in the Economic survey which has made it clear that the unemployment rate in the state is more than the national average.
SAD Spokesman and Former Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema said in a statement that it is surprising that the Chief Minister tried to mislead the state assembly and people of the state by fudging figures on employment given by the Congress government. He said that by resorting to the renaming of Job fairs of private colleges as a Government job Melas, this government is trying to befool itself as people are already aware that these fairs are routine processes in an educational institution.
Cheema stated that it was most unfortunate to note that the ill planning of the Congress government was ruining the youth of the state and farming community was being forced to sell their lands to fund the education of their children abroad. He said that contrary to the claims of the government on providing jobs to 12 lakh youth, the official figures are given in the Economic Survey of the state belies the claims of the government.
He said that 2.69 lakh applicants have registered with Unemployment Bureau in 2019 out of which 85 percent are educated up to Class X and above and 91 percent are categorized as Skilled. He said that this sorry state of affairs is forcing children to move abroad in countries like Canada, Australia, the US, and the UK.
The SAD leader said that the scheme of the Government ‘Own your Gaddi’ has totally failed in the state as the Congress government has failed to explore the tourism potential of the state leading to the low demand for such vehicles and ultimately failure of the scheme.
He said that before making a decision to reduce retirement age to 58 years, the government must have initiated the process to fulfill the current sanctioned posts which were lying vacant in large numbers in different departments. He added that now if the recruitment has been started, it would take months to complete the process which means that there would be no chances of fulfilling the existing vacant as well as fresh vacancies which are likely to be created because of large scale retirement.
Cheema stated that Congress should admit its failure on providing jobs to the youth. Instead of enacting dramas the government should seriously start working on providing jobs to the youth keeping in view their educational standards, he added.