Govt schemes fail to generate employment:1.5L postgraduates among 2.5L youth register for jobs in 2019
unemployment rate people protesting crowd illustration many people looking for a job vector
Feb 12: Sameer Ahmad, 32, after completing his M.Sc in 2013, struggled for five
years to get a job.
social stigma coupled with depression, the resident of Baramulla borrowed money
to invest in the tourism sector. But due to the uncertain situation he lost all
the investment leaving him financially broke.
in the lurch, he registered himself with the district employment office hoping
to find a government job. “I lost all my investment in tourism business. I
registered with district employment office two years ago. But so far no
opportunity has come my way,” he said.
is one among lakhs of unemployed youth who have registered themselves with
different employment offices for jobs.
figures reveal that as many as 2.5 lakh educated unemployed youth including 1.5
lakh postgraduates have registered themselves with different district
employment and counseling centers last year.
is precisely because the government’s employment generating schemes have failed
to yield results in Jammu and Kashmir. The number of beneficiaries under these
schemes has dropped by 50 percent last year compared to 2018.
this: Under Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP), the jobs
generated in the Union Territory in 2019 was 17488. It is less than 70 per cent
of 60232 jobs generated through this scheme in J&K in 2018.
the employment generated under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Urban
Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NULM) has dropped by 50 per cent in 2019. As per the
figures, 84 educated youth have been employed under this scheme last year
compared to 115 in the year 2018.
Ministry for Rural Development’s Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment
Guarantee Act (MNREGA) has also recorded 50 per cent decline in 2019 compared
to 2018. As per the figures, 3.69 crore person days of work were generated
under this scheme in 2018 which in 2019 dropped to 1.53 crore person days.
Ministry for Labour and Employment document accessed by The Kashmir Monitor
reveals that the unemployment rate in Jammu and Kashmir stands at 5.3 per cent
. In Jammu and Kashmir, urban unemployment rate stands at 10.0 per cent while
as the rural unemployment is 4.2 per