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PM hands over a thousand nomination letters as ‘millions search for jobs’: Cong Prez Kharge

Congress Speaker Mallikarjun Kharge launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue of unemployment on Saturday, saying the Prime Minister hands over some 1,000 nomination letters when “millions of young people are looking for a job”.

Kharge said Modi came to power promising two crore new jobs a year but forget about creating two crore new high paying jobs.

Prime Minister Modi is holding ‘Rozgar Melas’, handing out nomination letters and has addressed the melas by giving 75,000 letters in Delhi, 13,000 in Gujarat and 3,000 in Jammu and Kashmir, Kharge said.

“Today, when millions of young people are looking for a job, PM hands over a thousand nomination letters!” the president of Congress said in a series of tweets.

Kharge said rural India is facing the unprecedented challenge of unemployment. The average rural unemployment rate over the past 6 years has been 7.02 percent according to the Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), he said.

“Our young people have to wait years for a job with the government. All this is due to lack of will and false promises by the BJP,” he said.

Kharge claimed the situation is so desperate that the government received 35 lakh applications for 40,000 posts under the Agnipath scheme.

“For a few thousand messages in Uttar Pradesh, 37 lakh applications were received. Postgraduates and PhDs are applying for jobs well below their qualifications,” he claimed.

Kharge said there are currently lakhs of vacancies in the public sector, including in the armed forces, central police forces (CAPFs), central government schools, higher education institutions, health institutions, PSUs, PSU banks, police and courts.

Noting that Armed Forces and CAPFs are important pillars for the security and security of our nation, Kharge said there are currently more than 2 lakh vacancies in the Armed Forces and CAPFs.

However, recruitment over the past two years has remained absolutely “gloomy,” he added.

“We are still dealing with the catastrophic effects of the pandemic on our education system and the resulting learning loss. However, there are still 18,000 vacancies in the state schools,” he claimed.

“How does the government expect these schools to teach with such vacancies,” Kharge wondered.

Higher education institutions, including IITs, IIMs and central universities, have more than 61,000 teaching and non-teaching vacancies, the congress president said, citing central universities and the universities of Delhi, 20,291 posts are vacant, 962 at IIT Bombay, 1,287 at Allahabad University and 1804 at Aligarh Muslim University.

“The country was devastated during the Covid-19 pandemic. We’ve seen everything. Shortage of doctors, nurses, medical staff, medicines, etc. However, the government has still not learned its lesson,” said Kharge, adding that 1,03,544 positions of key Anganwadi health workers are vacant.

“The situation of the country’s main hospital and public medical research university is a prime example of this. At AIIMS Delhi, Total Vacancies – 3,768. Total recruitment since 2017 – 1,893 (just 470 per year),” he said in another tweet.

The Congress president said the BJP claims to be working for the welfare of SCs, STs, OBCs and other backward communities, but according to his own response in Parliament, there are still a large number of backlogs and unfilled vacancies for SCs, STs and OBCs.

“What is the Modi Govt’s plan to fill such vacancies?” he asked.

The share of permanent employees in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) has been declining consistently over the past eight years, Kharge said, citing it falling from 14 lakh in 2011-12 to 9 lakh in 2019-20.

On the other hand, the proportion of contract workers is increasing from 2.6 lakh in 2011-12 to 5.16 lakh in 2019-20, he said.

“Modi Sarkar has failed to create new employment opportunities for the youth! ‘Make in India’ We don’t hear ‘Skill India’ anymore! What happened to these programs and their slogans? Where are the 16 Cr Jobs You Promised? Why are you silent, Modi ji?” said Kharge.

Congress has attacked the government over the alleged lack of jobs for young people and rising unemployment.

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