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30th Apr 2018 10:04:PM Editorials
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Arunachal along with the world is celebrating the International Workers’ Day or May Day today. Question is apart from the paraphernalia at a superficial level, does the day really hold any meaning?

Terming the labour community as the backbone of development is so clichéd, it has lost meaning. On labour day, a true tribute would be for us to introspect and ask ourselves whether, the catch phrase-dignity of labour- has really been internalized.

The educated unemployed population in Arunachal which makes a substantial chunk of the overall population is facing a complex problem. Employment for youths here refers only to government jobs and no other work holds meaning. Every student aspires to become a government servant albeit unrealistic that a small state like Arunachal can barely accommodate the growing numbers.

The IT industry, call centres, retail and hospitality industry in metro cities are powered by a large number of people from Northeastern states. Why is it then that our youths known for their professionalism elsewhere cringe away at the mere thought of working in private set up back home?

Instead of waiting for a stroke of luck; Why not start a business, turn entrepreneur and generate employment opportunities for others as well.

The problem of unemployment can be solved with concerted efforts from both the state and the general public. Need is for people to think out-of-the-box and for the government to extend a helping hand after all a youth-turned-entrepreneur will generate employment for others as well effectively aiding the government in its duties.

Last year, the state government launched the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana (DDUSY) under which local entrepreneurs can avail bank loan ranging from Rs 10 lakhs to 1 crore with 30% subsidy. The much hyped scheme however has turned into a dud with many eager youths yet to receive any financial help despite the Yojana being in place for nearly a year now. Such long incubation period is an anti-thesis to the whole idea of helping the unemployed set out on their self-employment journey.

We are sitting on an unemployment time-bomb and if we are still hesitant, mass unemployment will be the order of the day.


Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
Email: kenterjoyaz@easternsentinel.in / editoreasternsentinel@gmail.com
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