Educated Unemployed Union Nagaland (EUUN) on Tuesday alleged that Nagaland government lacked “political will” to solve unemployment problem in the state.
EUUN president Achilo Thong, in a statement, said the biggest problem faced by the younger generation was the state government’s lack of “political will” to solve prevailing unemployment problem as it failed to formulate favorable policy for eradication of unemployment at a large scale. The union also leveled criticism at various government departments stating that it was “pained” to see the Industries and Agriculture & Allied departments failing to provide self-employment to the educated youth due to “gross corruption and mismanagement of affairs.”
Acknowledging that government did provide some self-employment opportunities, EUUN expressed dismay that only a “handful of youths and political activists” have benefited from those. Union stated that with the exception of yearly schemes like PMEGP and CMCF, extending financial assistance to only few beneficiaries was “negligible” as it observed that lakhs of youth of 20 years of age and above with educational qualification ranging from matriculation to post graduates remained unemployed and partly or seasonably employed.
Taking a dig at department of employment, EUUN maintained that the statistical data provided by the department was unreliable as many unemployed youth were not enrolling themselves in the department “due to loss of faith in the sincerity of the government to provide employment.” Alleging that the government was not willing to utilize the “statistical data” to formulate policies for the unemployed population, the union questioned on the purpose of such data.
Union further alleged that state’s unemployment problem was multiplying with almost all departments “rampantly embezzling the fund meant for the people.”