THROUGH THE LENS: With around 40 lakh unemployed youth wasting away their lives in the State, very little is being done to provide jobs to those eager to work.

The burgeoning youth population “will be a dividend if we empower our young. It will be a disaster if we fail,” said former Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal during his tenure.

He could not have been further from the truth. With unemployment rate touching 10 per cent and illiteracy crossing 250 million in the country today, the economy is in serious danger of suffering from the neglect of valuable human capital.

Here, the camera captures women queuing up in front of a desk in an employment exchange in Allahabad. The story of Uttar Pradesh is no different from the rest of the country. With around 40 lakh unemployed youth wasting away their lives in the State, very little is being done to provide jobs to those eager to work.

Job fairs and melas that used to be sluggish during the previous government have come to almost a standstill now. It is being reported that most of the official manpower is engaged in arranging and distributing the new ‘unemployment dole’ scheme and hence the laggard in the functioning of the employment exchange. Under the new scheme, a monthly allowance of Rs 1000 would be handed out to the eligible unemployed. A total of more than nine lakh applications have been received by the state government for the ‘dole’.

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