Un­em­ploy­ment still on the rise: Op­po­si­tion

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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

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