In poll-bound MP, govt ropes in private firm to hunt jobs for the unemployed

In MP, the educated unemployed stood at 11.24 lakh in 2016 and the private firm will facilitate jobs for only one lakh youths. It is being dubbed as move to mislead youth just before elections

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With Assembly polls just a few months away, the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh has roped in a private talent management company to shore up job prospects and impart necessary skills to youths.

The Opposition Congress has, however, dubbed the move as an “eyewash” aimed at “misleading” youths in the time of elections which are due by the end of the year. Madhya Pradesh has created an average of 17,600 jobs every year in the past 13 years of the BJP rule (2004-2017), according to data presented in the Assembly during the budget session.

Now, a private player has been entrusted with the task of scouting employment opportunities in the non-government sector and enhancing skills of the state’s unemployed. The Madhya Pradesh State Skill Development and Employment Generation Board chairman Hemant Vijayrao Deshmukh said, “In a bid to generate more jobs for youths, the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pune-based Yashaswi Academy for Talent Management Pvt Ltd.” This company would turn the employment exchanges in 15 districts into placement centres under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. The MoU will cover 15 districts - Bhopal, Indore, Jabalpur, Rewa, Gwalior, Sagar, Ujjain, Hoshangabad, Shahdol, Dhar, Khargone, Dewas, Singrauli, Satna and Katni.

The Congress, however, said this step of the BJP government would benefit only the private company. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, Ajay Singh, said, “Why has the BJP government woken up after 14 years? It is just trying to mislead youths. In any case, the BJP is going to be defeated in the coming elections. In the recent budget session, the government admitted that unemployment has gone up by 16.4 per cent.” Singh said the BJP government has failed to deliver on the employment front. “Where are the two crore jobs that the BJP had promised. Youths are depressed due to lack of jobs.”


According to private estimates, there are over 75 lakh unemployed youths in the state and through this PPP agreement, the government plans to provide jobs to one lakh youths. So, it will take 75 years to provide jobs to the current number of the unemployed

Deshmukh, however, believes the MoU with the Pune firm would definitely benefit the state's unemployed youths. He said, “We have set a target of facilitating jobs for one lakh youths. Apart from making job opportunities available in the private sector, the company would help them improve their CVs and provide personality-development programmes. The agreement would boost the job sector as employment exchanges were fast losing their relevance, the board chairman said. In addition to training unemployed persons in accordance with the market demand, job fairs and career counselling sessions will be organised by the company,” Deshmukh said.

Jobs will be made available to applicants in their respective area of interest, he added. Deshmukh said Yashaswi Academy would manage the cost of running placement centres in coordination with companies which would provide jobs.

The Berozgar Sena, an outfit of unemployed youths, however, is not enthused by the move. Instead of improving employment exchanges, the government has been making efforts to shut them down, it pointed out. “According to private estimates, there are over 75 lakh unemployed youths in the state and through this PPP agreement, the government plans to provide jobs to one lakh youths. So, it will take 75 years to provide jobs to the current number of the unemployed,”said Sena convener Akshay Hunka.More than five lakh unemployed youths are getting added every year, Hunka added.

“This MoU was signed only to mislead youths ahead of the Assembly elections. The state government has completely failed on the employment front,” Hunka maintained.

The Economic Survey-2018, presented during the budget session, said the number of registered educated unemployed in MP stood at 11.24 lakh by 2016-end.

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