Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released the BJP manifesto for Rajasthan, along with current Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje in Jaipur yesterday.
The manifesto included sops for farmers and the youth. The state BJP has promised to create 30,000 government jobs, 50 lakh jobs in private sector and a special allowance of Rs. 5,000 for every unemployed youth. The government which has failed on account of creating any sizeable job opportunities in past 5 years in Rajasthan, is all out to woo the voters, with the elections just 10 days away.
The manifesto further includes happiness index as a parameter during the policy formulation and implementations of the schemes. A separate high level commission will be set up to ensure universal basic income.
Let us analyse some cases in the past which demonstrate the angst of voters with regards to Unemployment in Rajasthan.
In 2015, aiming to create 15 lakh jobs in her five-year tenure, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had said that 1.20 lakh new government jobs would be given shortly. She had then quoted at the inauguration of BJYM’s Panch-Kranti Doot,
“BJP has promised to create 15 lakh jobs in five years, the state government has already provided employment to 53,000 youths and 1.20 lakh jobs would be given shortly.”
Rakesh Kumar who held a post-graduate degree worked as a house painter in the small town of Kasba Bonli in northwestern India.
The 31-year-old, the only one of eight siblings to attend university, said his attempts to get a salaried job had failed, and he blamed the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not creating employment opportunities as it had promised.
“I voted for Modi last time, he had promised jobs, and I was sure I would get something. I won’t vote for him again.”
Hanuman Prasad Meena, a farmer’s leader in the town said,
“My two sons are educated but unemployed. Many farmers voted in Modi’s name earlier, but he has no support here now.”
Four young boys in Alwar were demotivated, frustrated and depressed over not getting jobs and thus decided to end their life by jumping in front of a moving train.
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Many political analysts have observed that Modi’s failure to create tens of millions of jobs for the country’s youth – a promise which helped him secure the largest mandate in three decades in 2014 – is one of the biggest threat to his bid for another term in a general election due by May, 2019. The impact of unemployment has been witnessed tremendously in Rajasthan and the aspiration of the youth who voted for Modi solely on the glorified vision projected by him, have come crashing down.
The unemployment rate in India, nearly two-thirds of whose 1.3 billion people are under 35 years old, hit its highest level in 16 months in March this year at 6.23 percent, according to the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), an independent think-tank.
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Rs. 5,000 to Unemployed Youth – Possible Implications :
- Is this not some kind of bribe?
- What are the parameters of this set amount?
- It could be paltry for some and sufficient enough for others
- Some youth may take this for granted and opt not to work at all
- Will this encourage the youth to aspire for bigger things in life or will it make them redundant and permanently dependant with this assured sum?
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