ANNOYED WITH the ‘rude behaviour’ of the employment exchange staff and their inability to distribute the remaining cheques to the unemployed youths, a group of allowance seekers went on the rampage inside the exchange office on Monday.
The youths broke the doors of the room of regional employment officer, who locked himself inside to escape the fury of the allowance seekers. But the youths managed to get in and manhandled the people sitting inside.
Hundreds of unemployed youths were seen standing in long queues on Monday.
For hours they were made to stand in the sun, yet they were unable to get what they wanted, making them lose patience.
Regional employment officer SK Saxena and a clerk Ram Adhar Verma suffered minor injuries in the scuffle that ensued. The situation was brought under control when the youths were given the cheques by the exchange staff.
SK Saksena, meanwhile, tried to play down the matter. “Yes there was some trouble but it has been sorted out,” he said.
Sources in the exchange admitted that nearly four thousand cheques could not be distributed on June 16. Besides, hundreds of youths were given cheques with their names wrongly spelt on them.
Rakesh Kumar of Sarojini Nagar who received the cheque mentioning his name as Rajesh Kumar Dwivedi, told HT, “Since morning I am standing in the queue, but no one is attending to my complaint.”
Meanwhile, the employment exchange officials are finding it difficult to cope with the pressure of government’s unemployment dole. According to sources, the staff, who have had little work for years together, have been all of a sudden given this Herculean task by the administration.