Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Number of unemployed rising, year after year

Chief Minister Narendra Modi last week tweeted that Gujarat was the
number one state in the country in providing employment through
state-run employment exchanges. However, the latest figures from the
state government show there are close to 9 lakh registered unemployed
in Gujarat and the numbers have been steadily rising.
As on December 29, 2011, there were 8.98 lakh unemployed youth
registered in different employment exchanges in the state. Of this,
2.59 lakh were women and 6.39 lakh men, according to figures given in
the Assembly by Labour and Employment Minister Vajubhai Vala in
response to a question in the state Assembly on July 19.
In December 2010, the number of registered unemployed in the
government records were 8.91 lakh. The figures in December 2009 and
2008 were 8.88 lakh and 8.25 lakh, respectively.
This figures reflect the employment status of only those who have
registered themselves with the state as “unemployed”. Many youths, who
are illiterate or semi-literate, do not register themselves with
employment exchanges.
A senior official from the labour and employment department said that
compared to other states, state-run employment exchanges in Gujarat
were more effective but there was a need to expand the ambit of
registration to reach out to maximum number of unemployed youths.
During the fifth edition of VGGIS in January 2011, the state
government had claimed to have signed memorandums of understanding
worth Rs 20.83 lakh crore that would generate employment for 52 lakh
However, government data reveal only 3.92 lakh and 3.93 lakh persons
got employment in 2010 and 2011, respectively.