Post Mortem

Mind speaks: unemployment in Nagaland

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/30/2019 12:34:12 PM IST

 We have heard about moral values like ‘Honesty, Obedience, and Dignity of Labour’, but these have seldom been put into practice and exhibited, not just in our society but at a national level as well. I foresee a continuing problem for our society unless due attention is paid to address the issue, and is dealt with all the tools at the earliest. Theoretically if we define, unemployment is nothing but a situation where a person of certain age group though able and willing to work, but is out of work because of lack of opportunities. This is exactly what is happening in Nagaland. In what follows,    I shall cast out some possible reasons of unemployment in Nagaland, where enormity in reasons for unemployment prevails.  Since there is no shortage of words in a language like English I cast few glaring reasons of unemployment in state which have been incremental in solidifying the subject matter.

Despite of the available vacancies in several Government Departments, they (departments) do not requisition the post through NPSC Nagaland Public Service Commission and instead appoint adhoc or contract employees. This practice of corruption has left behind many Educated Unemployed Youths in Nagaland. Due to this, Approximately 63,733 educated and abled persons are not only bereft of opportunities rather a disabled person who does not meet all the requisite criteria is employed to practice and paralyses an abled system.

Connecting to the first point, I would like to make clear that, one person is enjoying a salary/income not only in one department but from other departments too, which is all by fraudulent means, while making others to hunt for jobs. In clear words I mean to say that a permanent govt employee is able to post an adhoc worker in place for small amount of salary and himself is able to work independently to make money by practicing the same profession or of his choice at a desired location. This is what actually happening in case of all government teachers and doctors of rural areas.  If this is the case, how can a society progress. It is like job seekers are heading for fishing in the mountain or desert.

The lack of Industries, whether it be, the small scale or medium scale industries are the cause for the menace of unemployment issue in Nagaland. If these industries grow side by side, it could generate numerous employment opportunities which could help to cope up the struggling society against this ever awake devil.

Taxation and extortion by insurgent groups have been a way of life for people in Nagaland, so much so that few years back in Kohima when National Investigation Agency was probing ‘terror funding’ in the Nagaland state government departments, there were mass protests against NIA. What the NIA terms as ‘Terror funding’ is better understood as the collection of tax by armed Naga separatist groups from government employees and departments. My question is ‘What have we; the common Nagas got in return of these taxes - Better infrastructure, Better facilities what?? The truth is overdependence on traditional employment has made as blind nothing and infact it has also deterred any investments in state.

To venture into New areas thus making us dependent on the Government, dependent on parents, lack of focus and lack of working culture. If I compare with the contemporary world it would be right to say that we here are tied to a wrong concepts of bonhomie which has made us stick to traditional opportunities and not look beyond.

As Mr S C Jamir said the other day, we need to open our eyes and look to the future instead of living in the past. The question we must ask ourselves - for how long are we willing to sacrifice our future for our past. No community or people in the world have ever progressed by living in the past. Enough is enough.

Chovose Niuland, Dimapur, 

An unemployed Naga

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