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They got it. Here?s what they?ll do

UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS made interesting revelations about using the unemployment allowance, which they received today at Ambedkar Maidan. A large number of youths said they had never applied for a job but preferred to get registered with the employment exchange.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 01:29 IST

UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS made interesting revelations about using the unemployment allowance, which they received today at Ambedkar Maidan. A large number of youths said they had never applied for a job but preferred to get registered with the employment exchange.

Sakina of Bansoha (Sitapur) said, “A lot of money goes on my mother’s treatment. With this money, it can go on much more smoothly.” Meet 28-year-old Pradip who was there sporting a gold chain and a cell phone. A commerce graduate, Pradip had his own priorities. The money, he said, was just enough to foot his phone bill.

Ramesh Kumar Verma came from Bachrawan Rae Bareli. A delighted Ramesh said, “Now I will spend Rs 300 on my mobile phone and Rs 200 on pan masala and cigarettes.” The answer was shocking but like he said, “I have a farm in Bachrawan and this allowance can do little towards my survival.”

Pratima Mishra from Hardoi said, “Now I can visit the beauty parlour twice a month without borrowing money from my mother. Besides, I can spend on clothes. No I am not interested in a job, I will continue to take the allowance till I am eligible.”

The answers were not surprising for Samajwadi Party workers. District SP secretary Vijai Singh said, “What’s the harm in spending the allowance on pan masala or mobile phones? It’s their allowance. They have the right to spend it, as they want. We are no one to dictate terms to them.”

However, there were some sane elements too. Himanshu Srivastava came all the way from Sitapur to get the allowance from the CM said, “I am happy to receive it. I will use this allowance to fill forms for various posts.”

Pushpa Devi a physically challenged person from Unnao, was sitting quietly waiting her turn to get the allowance. To her surprise, Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav himself walked to her seat to give her the cheque. “Main tumhe cheque dene aya hun. Isko acchi tarah se kharch karna,” he said to Pushpa Devi and walked away. His gesture left Pushpa Devi in tears.

Meanwhile, the chief minister’s announcement that the amount may be doubled in future, really enthused them. They said if the amount were to be increased to Rs 1000, it would be really meaningful.