The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday promised to implement the employment guarantee scheme inurban areas too, if elected to power. Chairman of BJP’s campaign committee and leader of the opposition in Delhi assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra said unemployment was a major election issue this time that needed to be tackled on priority.
“Within 100 days of forming the government, we will implement the employment guarantee scheme, which so far covers only the rural areas, to the entire country. We will ensure that unemployed people are given ‘unemployment allowance’ in case they don’t get jobs,” Malhotra said.
Malhotra blamed the congress for diverting people’s attention from important issues like inflation and unemployment that affect the entire country.
He added that many people have committed suicide in Delhi after losing their jobs. “We will implement the scheme in Delhi too as thousands of people have lost their jobs in the last couple of months in Delhi and two crore people have lost their jobs in the past five years. In Delhi, over five lakh persons are registered in employment exchanges and the Delhi government could provide jobs to only 700 people and now they have put a ban on giving jobs. The BJP will try to end unemployment on priority basis,” said Malhotra.
Malhotra also criticised the UPA government for not extending the scheme across all areas in the country. The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), which was enacted in 2005, provides a legal guarantee for one hundred days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household.