NPYC alleges embezzlement of funds for const. workers

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 26 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/26/2020 1:14:56 PM IST

Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPYC) has accused the state government for embezzlement of funds (Rs. 2000 per person) meant for 9,348 registered construction workers. 

Speaking during the launch of ‘Rozgar Do’ at Congress Bhavan here Saturday, NPYC president Vilhousielie Kengurüse said that the state government on June 15 announced that the government, through the Labour department, extended assistance of Rs. 3.80 crore to 19,064 registered construction workers from Cess fund by depositing Rs. 2000 each through direct bank transfer.

However, he said as per records obtained from the Labour department, only 9,716 had received the amount. 

In this regard, he said that the Congress demanded to know “why as many as 14,789 out of 24,455 registered construction workers were denied Cess fund of Rs. 2000 each” as stated.

Kengurüse said the government despite making tall claims of extending help and assistance towards stranded and migrant workers during the pandemic, however failed to address the basic needs of the daily wage earners, downtrodden, and even the unemployed youths.

Citing the data of the Employment department, which stated that there were 90,584 registered unemployed youth in the state as on February 21 2020, Kengurüse opined that if those unregistered unemployed Naga youth and returnees from other states were included, the percentage of unemployed youths would cross the six digit figures.

He also lamented that the government had no concrete action plan to address unemployment, despite successive Central government pouring in crores of rupees to Nagaland for unemployed youth through skill development, Prime Minister Employment Generation Programme and many other employment schemes and projects.

Therefore, Kengurüse asserted that the state government should come out with a clear cut action plan for the youth.

He also said that the state government must enact the Securitizations and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest (SARFAESI) Act, 2002 to enable unemployed youth aspiring entrepreneurship to avail loans from banks.

NPYC president further said that PDA government had miserably failed to manage and control the escalated prices of essential commodities during COVID-19 pandemic.

Indian Youth Congress secretary (I/c of 5 NE states) Sarifa Rahman slammed the Modi government for miserably failing to help the poor and the needy people. Even as unemployment was growing by the day, she said over 2 crore people had lost their job during the pandemic.

She called upon all unemployed youth and the people of the nation who think that unemployment is an issue and should be taken care of, to register and give miscall to 7998799854 and join in this massive campaign of ‘Rozgar Do’ and raise their voice against the highest unemployment rate in the country.

Also addressing the programme, NPYC general secretary Isaac Ovung lamented that many the youths from Nagaland were seeking jobs outside the state. He questioned government as to why it was not taking responsibility to create jobs opportunity for the youths.

NPYC general secretary (Admn) Serangmong K. Sangtam also expressed similar concerns.



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