With the Samjawadi Party and BJP promising an unemployment allowance in their election manifestos,registration of unemployed youths in the employment exchange offices in Uttar Pradesh has recorded a big surge in recent days.
In different districts,where 10 to 50 candidates were getting registered daily before the announcement of election manifestos,now 150 to 2,000 youths are lining up for registration every day. To manage the crowds,the authorities have opened additional counters for registration. In Allahabad,police have been deployed to control the crowds.
In its election manifesto released on January 20,the SP has promised to pay Rs 1,000 per month to unemployed youths if it is voted to power. The SP also promised tablets for students clearing class 10 exams and laptops for those passing class 12.
A week later,the BJP released its manifesto which promised an unemployment allowance of Rs 2,000 per month and free tablets for students up to class XII and free laptops for student above class XII if they belong to poor families.
After the announcements,the number of registrations at employment offices started rising,with Allahabad reporting a maximum of around 15,000 new registrations so far their names registered. But after the announcement of unemployment allowance,a minimum of 2,000 youths are registering themselves here every day.
Singh said the administration,on their request,had deployed a team of 16 policemen to control the crowds. Including the new registrations,the total number of unemployed youths in Allahabad is now 1.35 lakh. Till January 31,the total registration was 1.20 lakh.
Online registration was started about one month back but it had received negligible response. Seeing the crowds,I displayed a banner about the on-line facility last week and after that about 400 candidates have applied for registration on-line, Singh said.
Increase in registration has also been reported from other districts of Allahabad region,including Fatehpur,Kaushambi and Pratapgarh where 150 to 200 youths are getting registration every day.
In Faizabad district,600 to 1,000 youths are getting registered every day. Regional Employment Officer Ramashankar Bharti said 15 to 20 registrations were done daily before the SP and BJP came out with their manifestos. Around 7,000 youths have registered themselves in Faizabad in the last one month,he said.
In Lucknow district,the number of registrations before the manifestos was 10 to 20 in a day. But after these announcements,200 to 300 registration are being done here every day. The maximum in a day was 700 on February 17, said P K Pundir,Regional Employment Officer of Lucknow.
Pundir said that the candidates accepted that they were getting their names registered for unemployment allowances promised by political parties.
In Lucknow district,around 2,700 new registration have been done in February only. Around 150 registrations are being done every day in neighbouring districts like Rae Bareli,Sitapur,Kheri and Hardoi.
Agra regional employment officer Rajiv Kumar Yadav said that there was an increase by 15 to 20 per cent in registrations after the release of manifestos. Around 200 youths are being registered there every day,he said.
The youths at the Lucknow employment exchange on Tuesday admitted they were getting registered only for unemployment allowances. Expecting the SP to return to power,my father asked me to register my name here. Rs 1,000 would be sufficient for my mobile phone bills and purchasing application forms of competitive exams till I get a job, said Mukul Rastogi,pursuing MSc in zoology from Lucknow University.
Shikhar Srivastava,student of BSc-III in Lucknow Christian College,has registered his name twice,once with Class 10 as educational qualification and once with Class 12. With registration in Class 10 pass out category,I will be eligible for tablets and with Class 12 category I will be eligible for laptops. Moreover,I will be eligible for unemployment allowance if BJP comes to power, Shikhar said.
Rs 1,000 per month to unemployed youths
Tablets for students clearing class 10 exams
Laptops for those passing class 12.
Rs 2,000 per month to unemployed youths
Free tablets for students up to class XII
Free laptops for student above class XII if they belong to poor families