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Jobs biggest concern for HP’s youth

Despite the dole to jobless, lack of employment within the state is a poll issue in Himachal Pradesh where nearly 24% voters are below the age of 30.

punjab Updated: May 04, 2014 15:20 IST
HT Correspondent

Despite the dole to jobless, lack of employment within the state is a poll issue in Himachal Pradesh where nearly 24% voters are below the age of 30.


The state has many private universities providing vocational education besides government-run Industrial training institutes (ITIs) that have been producing a large army of unemployed youth because the state lacks in employable industries.

The government started skilldevelopment allowance scheme but the youth of the state want jobs. Most students have the opinion that skill development allowance would help some people to pursue some vocational course but what after that.

Rajat Chauhan, a skill-development allowance beneficiary, said after completion of the course, a job was necessary. “Allowance helps to complete the course but our ultimate requirement is job,” he said.

However, nearly 18,000 youths have benefitted from the scheme because to avail the allowance, one has to get enrolled in any vocational courses. It was also seen that more and more jobless had enrolled in employment exchanges after announcement of the scheme.

Successive governments have been claiming of providing employment to hundreds of youths. Not only this time, but in past too unemployment had been a poll issue with the parties promising employment on one-family, one-job basis. But the statistics tell a different story.

Himachal Pradesh doesn’t have much industrial infrastructure and government job was still the first choice for every youth. As per the data from the labour and employment de par tment, 1.98 l akh jobless got registered with the employment exchanges across the state in 2013 and their number has been increasing as in 2012, 1.15 lakh jobless had registered and the number was below one lakh in 2011.

In the budget session held in February this year, the state government came out with a figure that nearly 68,000 trained graduates were registered in the unemployment exchange, while in one year 4 7 5 post s of trained graduate teachers were filled and nearly 1,000 were lying vacant.

The Cong ress, before t he assembly elections, had promised unemployment allowance to the youth of the state and it started skill-development allowance on assuming power.

During the previous assembly election, the BJP claimed that jobs were provided to over 50,000 youth, while the Congress’ campaign was focused on the unemployment allowance. It was for the first time in the history of the state that unemployment allowance was promised.