With a gloomy job scenario in Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has come out with a plan to tackle unemployment problem by announcing to form an employment cabinet to explore job opportunities.
The chief minister also announced that the state government employees will soon get the Seventh Pay Commission benefits.
“The cabinet will explore job opportunities and facilitate eligible persons to get employment,” Chouhan said in his address on Independence Day in Bhopal.
“A campaign will be launched for this and moral education and yoga will be included in the school curriculum, which will be made job-oriented,” he said.
The state economic survey report 2014-15, tabled in the state assembly last year, states that there were more than 16 lakh educated unemployed people in Madhya Pradesh. The number of educated unemployed, however, came down by more than 1.5 lakh from 2013, the survey said.
The report said that 300 people were provided employment in 2014-15 (till November 2014) while in 2013, about 5000 people were provided employment through 48 employment exchange offices.
“Daily wage workers will be treated like permanent employees so that they also get benefits of the pay scale with increase in pay and dearness allowance. Besides, they will also be absorbed in other departments according to their eligibility.
“The dependents of those working temporarily in government departments will also be eligible for compassionate appointments,” he said.
Chouhan said the amount of social security pension too will be enhanced.
He further said that Madhya Pradesh was the first state to set up a department of happiness under which a state happiness institute functions.
In an official release, reiterating his commitment to safeguarding interests of the farming community, Chouhan said more than `5,000 crore has been distributed to calamity-hit farmers.
While India’s annual growth rate in milk production in 2015-16 was 6.27%, in Madhya Pradesh it was 12.70%, he said.
Area under irrigation in the state increased to 40 lakh hectares and Madhya Pradesh has become a power surplus state, he said, adding that the power generation capacity in the state will be increased to 22,000 MW by 2022.
Chouhan said his government was committed to development of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and other
backward classes. More than 5,500 youngsters from these communities have benefited under the community development training and employment schemes in tribal-dominated blocks.
He said a “Namami Narmade Devi” programme will be launched from November under which plantation work will be taken up along the banks of the Narmada River.
The chief minister announced that special cyber courts will be set up at Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore and Gwalior to address cyber and high-tech crime.