The promise of an unemployment allowance of Rs 1,000 is proving an expensive sop for the Akhilesh Singh Yadav government. Alarmed at the extraordinary swell in the number of people getting registered at employment exchanges for the allowance,the Samajwadi Party government is now mooting an age cap of 45 years as well as a family income cap to shortlist the beneficiaries. They may also have to sign up for some temporary or voluntary work.
The declaration of unemployment allowance for all jobless above the age of 35,who have completed high school education,was Akhileshs one of the first decisions of as CM.
In Lucknow alone,the number of people registered as unemployed above the age of 35 crosses the 60,000 mark.
Anil Kumar,Director,Training and Employment,Uttar Pradesh,confirmed that talks were on to formulate a policy. Very soon,the final guidelines for implementation of the programme will be issued across the state, he said. Sources said the decision is pending at the CM level and Akhilesh may be waiting for SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav,who is in Delhi for the Parliament session,to return over the weekend.
Apart from an age limit and a cap regarding family income or living standards,the government is mulling introducing voluntary work for beneficiaries. The idea is to give the youth some work exposure as well as help the government. The work given to the beneficiaries will be of non-permanent nature and as per the ability of the person, said another officer,adding that this could be tasks such as data collection or data entry.