Damp squib: Aspirants offered salaries below minimum wage at women’s job fair in Ludhiana
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal promised jobs with salary between Rs 5,000 and Rs 1 lakh, but later says only trainees will get Rs 5,000 and others will get regular salaries.punjab Updated: Nov 04, 2017 16:02 IST
Aspirants were being offered salaries below minimum wage at the job fair for women that was inaugurated by Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal at District Industry Centre (DIC) on Friday. Highly qualified students were also unable to get jobs that matched their professional skills.
Badal had claimed that aspirants will be offered jobs with a salary between Rs 5,000 and Rs 1 lakh. However, when questioned about salaries below minimum wage, he said only trainees will get Rs 5,000 and others will get regular salaries.
According to the information, the monthly minimum wage for unskilled workers is Rs 7,568.5, daily wage is Rs 291.5 and hourly wage is Rs 36.4.
A job aspirant, Seema from Samrala Chowk, said, “The initiative is good, but the government should work towards providing jobs according to qualification. However, it’s encouraging to see a high attendance at such fairs because it’s better than sitting jobless at home.”
The finance minister described the special job fair as a concrete step towards women empowerment. He said the development of infrastructure was meaningless unless the youth got rewarding jobs.
“The initiative is good, but the government should work towards providing jobs according to qualification.” — Seema, job aspirant
‘JOBS TO 25 LAKH YOUTH IN 5 YEARS’
Badal said Punjab government, under Ghar Ghar Rozgar Yojna, was committed to provide jobs to 25 lakh youth in the next five years, including wage employment and self employment.
Sharing his ideas, he said it was wrong to equate development in the real sense with development of infrastructure. He added that it was our bad luck that development was focused on infrastructure, whereas ensuring jobs for the youth was real development.
Director, industries and commerce, DPS Kharbanda said government efficiently organised job fairs in the past and will continue to organise such fairs to provide job opportunities to the youth.
Earlier, the authorities claimed that around 3,400 jobs will be provided to aspirants by 40 companies during the job fair.
SEWING MACHINE CENTRES IN RURAL AREAS
A group of teachers from sewing machine centres in rural areas also met Badal. They told him that they have received orders to update and run centres according to directions of National Skill Development Council (NSDC).
They said, “Centres in rural areas don’t have too many facilities and cannot be run as per these directions,” adding that they requested the minister that these centres should be allowed to run as they were so that they did not lose their jobs.
Badal was questioned why different government departments were not filling their vacancies; Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) has cancelled vacancies in the past. The minister said vacancies were being filled continuously and if PSPCL has cancelled vacancies, then it should be because of rationalising.
ANGANWADI WORKERS’ PROTEST
Even as anganwadi workers have staged numerous protests across the state, Badal said they will not lose their employment and will continue working with the government.
He added that the target of the Congress government was to provide a job to each family in the state under Ghar Ghar Rozgar Yojna and many other job fairs will be organised in the state in future.
Badal further said apart from wage employment, government was working to provide self employment to youth by providing loans.
EMPLOYMENT BUREAU AT DIC
Punjab finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal said government was working to open an employment bureau in the district industry centres in the state. He added that students who wanted to go to abroad for work will also be catered for by the bureau so that they were not harassed by travel agents.