Unemployment still on the rise: Opposition
The Opposition calls on the government to treat the unemployment situation with seriousness and take urgent actions on solving the deepening unemployment crisis.
Kengkhar-Weringla MP Rinzin Jamtsho said the overall urban unemployment has increased by 92% and urban youth unemployment by 74% in the last three years.
“This is highly alarming and the unemployment situation is almost at a crisis point. The government has failed miserably on the employment front,” he said.
Although the government has so far achieved an overall full employment going by the definition of international labour organization however, youth unemployment is still on the rise.
According to the opposition party, the female youth unemployment has increased by 43% and overall female unemployment has increased by 37% while the overall youth unemployment has increased by 30% in the same number of years, which are equally very alarming.
He added that the future is even more worrying and nightmarish as there is no major investment in offing to create any significant number of jobs. “The recent Prime Minister’s annual state of nation report hardly outlines any concrete and convincing employment generation programmes,” he said.
The opposition members said the Government had promised to create an estimated 120,000 jobs between 2013 and 2018. Of this, it had pledged to employ 30,000 abroad which requires to providing total of 24,000 jobs (18,000 within and 6000 outside) per year.
However, in contrary to their promises, Rinzin Jamtsho said in the last one year, it has employed only 7031 within the country thereby achieving only 39% of the target. Similarly, only 1439 have been employed overseas in the last three year thereby achieving only 8% of the target, besides the programme being plagued with numerous problems. “The performance on employment creation both within and outside the country has been dismal,” he added.
The opposition members said the government must accept a total failure on the front. Adding that it must acknowledge the gravity of the current employment scenario and the impact the same will have directly on economic, social, law and order situations and the overall wellbeing, peace and security of the nation.
Among many others youth unemployment is a serious issue. “This bleak scenario resulting from extremely poor performance of the government on this highly important matter has left the Opposition Party deeply worried,” he said.
He further added that the nation has clear memory of the present government’s promises which is to achieve full employment. However, it is highly alarming and reaching crisis level.
Leader of Opposition (Dr) Pema Gyamtsho said that the country is small with a less population where there is no impossible to create job opportunities within the country. It is of important for the government to look forward to implement larger industries to resolve the unemployment crisis.
MP Rinzin Jamtsho