In a time when millions are seeking employment, the Prime Minister hands over some thousand appointment letters: Mallikarjun Kharge

The Congress president, Mallikarjun Kharge, launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday over the issue of unemployment, saying that the PM is distributing thousands of appointment letters while “millions of youth” are seeking employment.

Modi promised to create two crore new well-paying jobs a year, but it took the BJP-led Centre eight years to fill 10 lakh vacancies within the central government.

Kharge reported that Modi is holding ‘Rozgar Melas’, handing out appointment letters. He has distributed 75,000 letters in Delhi, 13,000 in Gujarat, and 3,000 in Jammu and Kashmir.

“At a time when millions of youth are searching for employment, PM is handing out thousands of appointment letters! “the Congress president wrote in a series of tweets.

According to Kharge, rural India faces an unprecedented level of unemployment. The Center for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) reported that rural unemployment had averaged 7.02 percent over the past six years.

Most of our youth are forced to wait for years to obtain a government job. This is due to the lack of commitment and false promises made by the BJP,” he stated.

According to Kharge, the situation is so dire that the government received 35 lakh applications for 40,000 positions under the Agnipath Scheme.

As qualified candidates wait in a queue to receive appointment letters during the launch ceremony of Rozgar Mela, a recruitment drive for 10 lakh personnel, in Baroda, Gujarat, on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022, they pose for photos with a cutout of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Deccan File)

“For a few thousand positions in Uttar Pradesh, 37 lakh applications were received. “Postgraduates and PhDs are applying for positions well below their qualifications,” he asserted.

There are lakhs of vacancies in the public sector, including in the Armed Forces, Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), Central Government Schools, Higher Education Institutions, Health Institutions, Public Sector Undertakings and Public Sector Banks.

Assuring our nation’s security and safety, Kharge pointed out that there are currently more than 2 lakh vacancies in the Armed Forces and CAPFs.

It should be noted. However, that recruitment has remained “dismal” in the last two years.

“We are still dealing with the disastrous effects of the pandemic on our education system. According to him, however, there are still 18,000 vacancies in the central government schools.

With such vacancies, Kharge asked how the government expects these schools to impart education.

Over 61,000 teaching and non-teaching positions are vacant in higher education institutions, including IITs, IIMs, and Central Universities, according to the Congress president. According to him, 20,291 posts are vacant in central and Delhi universities, 962 at IIT Bombay, 1,287 at Allahabad University, and 1,804 at Aligarh Muslim University.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the country was devastated. Everything was visible to us. There is a shortage of doctors, nurses, medical staff, medicines, etc. The government, however, has not yet learned its lesson,” Kharge said, adding that 1,03,544 key Anganwadi care worker positions remain vacant.

A case in point is the situation of the country’s largest hospital and public medical research university. There are 3,768 vacancies at AIIMS Delhi. The number of recruitments since 2017 has been 1,893 (only 470 per year),” he stated in another tweet.

Congress president said that while the BJP claims to be working for the welfare of SCs, STs, OBCs, and other backward communities, many backlogs and vacant positions still exist for SCs, STs, and OBCs.

“What is the government’s plan to fill these vacancies?” he asked.

Kharge said that the share of regular employees in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) has consistently decreased over the past eight years, declining from 14 lakh in 2011-12 to 9 lakh in 2019-20.

However, he stated that the share of contract employees is increasing, from 2.6 lakh in 2011-12 to 5.16 lakh in 2019-20.

“Modi Sarkar has failed to create new employment opportunities for the youth! We no longer hear “Make in India” or “Skill India”! What happened to these programmes and their slogans? Where are the 16 crore jobs you promised? Modi Ji, why are you silent?” Kharge said.

Congress has been attacking the government over the alleged unemployment and unemployment for the youth.

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