Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia Wednesday urged industry bigwigs to work towards giving youth a dream to live up to if the sector wished for a violence-free society.
Speaking at a meet organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Sisodia referred to recent caste-related violence in Haryana and said if youth is jobless and frustrated, it will be led into mob violence.
“In absence of the dream job, youth will be misled. There are always people who come and tells us about caste. Aao baad mein padh lena, pehle dharna kar le; aao baad mein padh lena pehle chaar dukane loot… (Study later, let us sit in protest first; study later, let us loot a few shops first). If CII and the government give wings to their dreams, we would be able to negate powers that are seen as powerful right now.”
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He added, “I was watching Haryana. CII should be concerned and ask whether we can afford incidents like what happened in Haryana again. Can industry afford this? You may have sent goods from here and but if the goods are looted in godowns of Rohtak, what will industry do? Your workers were not able to come for five days… only solution is we have to inculcate some dreams in our (younger) generation.”
He urged the industry give the youth dream by assisting vocational institutes impart quality skill training. “Even if we leave what is happening in name of JNU or reservation, educational institutes are lagging behind at least 20 years when compared to counterparts in other countries.”
He spoke of his visit to a vocational institute to drive home his point on standards of training. “I saw their notebooks. The training is pathetic. I wondered how would travel industry help these students. These students are wasting their time. I told my officials to let them study poetry. What will they do with this diploma… where definitions are taught as travel curriculum.”
He told industry representatives if students came to visit, they should get them to meet their best professionals. “So that they can dream of making it big. They should have passion.”