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All for allowance

MONEY MATTERS. And Rs 1,000 for two months was enough to draw city?s unemployed youth to the Employment Exchange. They braved heat. The braved sweat. They braved thirst and jostled with each other to get registered as unemployed youth.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2006 00:01 IST

MONEY MATTERS. And Rs 1,000 for two months was enough to draw city’s unemployed youth to the Employment Exchange.

They braved heat. The braved sweat. They braved thirst and jostled with each other to get registered as unemployed youth. 

Boys and girls never minded standing in a long queue, because it could fetch them Rs 500 per month. About 20 per cent of the total registered unemployed youth were women.

From the employment exchange side no arrangements were made for water, shelter and space to sit for those coming from far away places of city. Many elderly people accompanied their daughters and were seen sitting in the open crying for a drop of water. One of them fainted. But, somebody from the queue came to his rescue.

The girls with their family members were sitting in the sun. Padmini ( name changed) was angry with Exchange officials. She said, “I am sitting here since 8.00 am. But I have not received  any call, those who have come after me have got their work done because they were known to the officials working inside”.

Some of the women who came with their father or children were seen buying water from the nearby stall as the water tanker sent by Jal Sansthan exhausted by the mid-day.

Interestingly, the officials of Employment exchange and education department clashed with each other on the matter of form collection.   Police deployed for the crowd control had to control the warring employees inside the office!

The candidates complained about the ill-treatment by the employment exchange staff. Regional employment officer said the department had made adequate arrangements for the crowd on the exchange compound, but the crowds were bigger.

He said, “We are preparing cheques for 13,600 unemployed youths. We would prepare cheques till Thursday evening and send them to the venue for the distribution.”