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Unemployment to increase more this year
Due to the economic slowdown and slow business expansion activities, the number of jobless people have been increasing gradually not only in Punjab, but also India overall. Unemployment rate in India is showing an increasing trend since 2011 when it was 3.5%. The same rose to 3.6% in 2012 and climbed to 3.7% last year. This year, jobless rate is expected to rise to 3.8%, according to the report 'Global Employment Trends 2014.'
It is unfortunate that whenever a new government comes in power, it provides a tall claim to give high hopes for the accomplishment of one's aim especially the youths and one starts feeling of coming of 'Achhe Din'.  The Akali-BJP, while in power during 2007 was in fact due to such temptations and promises, as 20 lakhs youth were allured employment, filling up the vacant 1 lakh posts in government offices.

To fulfill this aim, the campaign of Employment Department changed its name to Department of Employment Generation and Training.

A survey was also conducted in Punjab and according to the survey reports, the number of educated unemployed was around 1,020,000. During 2007-08, a target to give employment to 7,000 unemployed was fixed after giving them proper training, in 2008-09 to 8,300 against target of 8,000, in 2009-10 to 10,800 against the target of 8,000, in 2010-11 to 11,500 against the target of 10,000 and during 2011-12 to 10,400 unemployed against target of 1000.

According to non-government statistics, out of the employment given to 50,000, about fifty percent are against in the list of unemployment and in Punjab, this figure has crossed 40 lakhs.

According to the latest information of various districts in the state, the offices for registration of unemployment of Department of Employment Generation and Training are 5 each in in Ferozepur,  Amristar and Patiala,  3 in Bhatinda, one each in Mansa, and Moga, Nawanshahr, Fatehgarh Sahib, Muktsar and Faridkot, 4 in Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Sangrur, 3 in Gurdaspur, 2 each in Kapurthala and  Hoshiarpur.   

In these 45 offices, the registration is of about 4 crore against the exact figure of unemployment, which comes to only one-tenth.

As per available sources, the educated unemployed don't move to these offices as they are doing a mockery with the unemployed. The ruling government in Punjab are not bothered to increase the unemployed allowance. 

It may be mentioned that to get unemployment allowance, the unemployed has to give an affidavit that the total income of his family members is not more than Rs.1000 and this status has been since 1979 to date. The allowance is too low to say that even the beggar's income would be much more than that. 

Presently, the unemployment allowance of Rs.450 are being paid to blind, deaf & dumb, handicap, undergraduate, Rs.600 to post graduate, Rs.225 to handicap undergraduate and Rs.300 to post graduate and Rs.150 to all other categories undergraduates.

Sources say that even this allowance is not paid for upto six months and even sometime it is for 2 years also. 

All the 45 offices of Department of Employment Generation and Training in the state are itself facing financial crisis and some are counting its last days as well 

Hans Raj, the spokesman of Education Reforms Committee speaking on the unfortunate state of affairs of Punjab said that unemployment is a danger bell for the ruling government and it is very unfortunate to show dilly-dallying attitude towards this serious issue.

As a result of which, the youths of Punjab have no option except to fly to foreign countries popularly called 'saat samundar paar.' Presently there are about 15-18 lakh unemployed youths aged between 18-35 years and out of this, about 25,000-30,000 are moving abroad by getting the basic trainings to make them eligible.

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