“Mukhiya toh achha hai, lekin yeh bhawna baakee sab main bhi honee chahiyey. (chief minister is good but others in his government should have the same noble feelings for the youth),” said Ashok Malhotra.
He is a struggler who had come all the way from Jabalpur to attend the Youth Convention and listen to the address of the chief minister, hoping he might get a chance to meet some higher authorities and apprise them about the difficulties being faced by him in seeking employment.
Malhotra said he wanted to seek a bank loan to start a business venture.
“But I am facing difficulty in getting a loan. Despite the assurances of CM, the ground reality is different. CM is a good person who has started many good schemes for us but other people in his government are not implementing the schemes in the right spirit,” he said, adding, “CM should also look into this aspect. For every youth who becomes beneficiary of the state government schemes, there are scores of others who fail to get any benefit.”
Like Malhotra there were many youngsters in the Youth Convention who confided the problems with the Hindustan Times, especially related to employment and seeking loans.
Most of them lauded the efforts of the chief minister for trying his best to help the youth, but pointed out that in the far flung areas of the state, the schemes are not implemented in the right spirit and they are made to run from pillar to post to get things done.
“I came here to see whether there is something related to medical field but I found nothing useful here for me. I have completed MPharm. They had organised a job fair here, but you can see how chaotic it is here. With difficulty we could just manage to get a pamphlet from a stall. It has details about the youthoriented employment and loan schemes started by the government,” said Riatesh Sahu, who hails from Bhopal itself and immediately left the crowded Lal Parade ground after CM’s address was over.
A youngster, who worked as a labourer in Berasia, wishing not to be named, apprised HT about the difficulties he is facing in seeking a loan for opening a small masala (spices) making unit.
“I have submitted an application to the authorities, but there has been no response till date,” he said, adding, “I don’t know what to do now.”
Three disabled youngsters who hailed from Eint Khedi and Lamakhedi of Bhopal district were arguing with the police near the entrance of the tent that they be allowed to submit an application to the chief minister.
They were not allowed to do so by the police.
Later talking t o H T, Mohammad Irfan, whose both legs were crippled, said he had met the CM before to request him that he be provided a tea stall on the highway between Eint Khedi and Lamakhedi but all he had been getting till date was just assurance.
“We cannot work as labourers, so we were hopeful that CM will do something for us and provide us some little means to earn our livelihood. We wanted to meet him today ( Monday), but we were not allowed. We are now returning disappointed,” said the other two disabled, Nemichand Nathyogi and Ramnath Uike.
All the three had come on a modified two-wheeler.