Mumbai: Taking a dig at the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, the Shiv Sena has asked the government where are jobs. An editorial in party mouthpiece
Saamana on Thursday said that those who are in power have failed on the twin fronts of employment and eradicating poverty and they now have to play the reservation card. It has also said that if the decision to provide 10 per cent reservation to economically weaker sections had been taken for votes, it will be proven costly. The party also asked that after providing the quota, how would the government provide jobs for those eligible.
“The Maratha community has been accorded reservation but where are the jobs,” it asked.
The Shiv Sena said that the population above 15 years of age is increasing in India by 13 lakh. “At the same time, employing people below the age of 18 years is a crime. Despite that, child labour is continuing.80-90 lakh new job opportunities are needed every year to balance the employment rate in the nation. However, this balance has been unstable these days,” the editorial said. Employment opportunities in the last two years have been reduced in the country and 1.5-2 crore jobs have been lost owing to decisions such as demonetisation and GST implementation.
The Sena also said that the youth have been disappointed due to unemployment. “For instance, 2.8 crore people had applied for 90 lakh jobs in Railways and more than 4 lakh people applied for 1,137 positions in the Mumbai police in 2018. Many of these candidates had more educational qualifications than required: 468 candidates have engineering degrees, 230 people have Masters degree in business administration. More than 1,100 people have postgraduate degrees. Ten per cent reservation for the general category will not lead to a different scenario. It has said that after getting 10 per cent reservation will the eligible youth of the general category be able to gain anything? Unemployment is the Brahmakshaksha. Poverty is Satan,” read the editorial.