The Congress party has announced that it would pay employment allowance to educated unemployed youths in the state if it came to power in 2017 Assembly elections. While the youths having passed Std XII examinations would be given an allowance of Rs 3000 per month, graduates would be paid Rs 3500 and post-graduate Rs 4,000. The allowance would continue till the youths get a regular employment.
The announcement was made by Gujarat Pradesh Congress Commitee (GPCC) president Bharatsinh Solanki, in presence of Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Shankersinh Vaghela, AICC spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil and state general secretary Nishit Vyas and other state party leaders.
Though the party has not yet properly estimated what would be the total monthly cost as the number of unemployed educated youths are said to be around 50 lakhs and it would roughly cost Rs 150 crores every month. But Solanki said that the amount of employment allowance would be just a peanut when the annual state budget is around Rs 1,33,000 crores. He said that this much of money could easily be spared by dropping useless events like vibrant Gujarat summit and a host of other unnecessary festivals being held every year at governmental cost to promote the image of the ruling party.
Solanki said that the party would float online as well as offline applications for it from January 1 to 15, 2017. “The youths can apply by logging on to http://www.gujaratcongress.in where the applications forms for the employment allowance would be uploaded,” said state Congress president. He said those who were not tech-savvy and found problems in applying online, can procure applications in physical forms and apply it offline.
The youths can also contact the party office at toll-free 1800-1200-676 to seek more details about the scheme. Vaghela said that this was not a “hollow promise” as was made by BJP in 2012 assembly elections with regard to construction of 50 lakh houses for poor and lower middle class people. “BJP did not construct even 5 lakh houses”, said Vaghela.
Gohil said that filling up forms would help the party to know the exact number of youths without jobs in the state. He said that figures available with employment exchanges were not the real ones as many youths did not like to register with the employment exchanges. On the eve of 2012 assembly elections, the Congress had come out with “ghar nu ghar” scheme in its poll manifesto for poor and lower middle class people. It evinced lot of response, with lakhs of people having filled up the application forms. But the party could not benefit politically from it as BJP also subsequently came with a similar scheme.