The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is promising work for India’s jobless Hindu youth. The hardline affiliate of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), which has been spearheading the Ram temple movement in Ayodhya, has floated a helpline number for those who want jobs or training and will offer the service free of cost. The service, however, is open only for Hindus.
Unemployed, uneducated or educated youth who need a job or training can call the VHP’s Hindu Yuwa Care helpline that will accept such requests in writing or verbally.
In what can be perceived as a potshot at the Narendra Modi government for not being able to fulfill its promise of creating more jobs, VHP’s international president Pravin Togadia in a statement said: “We do not know the art of building castles in the air. We tirelessly work on the ground, and try to fulfill what we said.”
The VHP chief claimed that his outfit has created “50,000 jobs in Ahmedabad alone” in the manufacturing sector.
The Bharatiya Janata Party in its manifesto for the 2014 general elections had talked of creating 250 million jobs over the next 10 years as part of an economic development programme.
The VHP, which already runs helplines that offer assistance for the elderly, is touting the new helpline as a means of helping “Hindustan” (India) become developed and prosperous.
Manufacturers looking for employees are also being encouraged to call the helpline.
The VHP is also pushing the government to expedite the process of the Ram temple construction by passing a legislation in Parliament.