NTC concerned over return of thousands after losing jobs

DIMAPUR, MAY 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/14/2020 12:38:50 PM IST

Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has expressed concern over thousands of citizens of Nagaland stranded in different parts of India and now returning after losing their jobs. It feared that this would add to the unemployment problem.

Mentioning that the State had no capacity to absorb all of them as there was no private company that could offer jobs, the council pointed out that there were already so many educated unemployed youth in Nagaland. There was no capital to run even a petty business while most educated youth waited for one or two advertisements for State government jobs in a year, it added.
Regretting that the State government had failed to encourage establishment of major industries in Nagaland that could have provided employment to a large number of educated youth, NTC urged the government to immediately come up with an entrepreneurship development programme to address the issue of unemployment. 
The council welcomed the Naga people returning to the State, but appealed to all of them to be patient and to cooperate with lockdown rules and advisories and arrangements of the State government. It also urged them to remain in places where they were and stay safe till the coronavirus pandemic subsided. 
Expressing concern that the stranded people included patients who had gone out of the State for medical treatment, students and people who were engaged in various private companies but were without jobs now, the council lamented over the manner many lost their jobs, forced to vacate their rented houses and were without any means to live and hence were coming back home now.
Meanwhile, NTC stressed that safety and security of frontline health workers and security personnel were also important and demanded that they be provided with World Health Organisation-approved personal protective equipments (PPEs).  
Also thanking the State government for making elaborate arrangements to bring back over 18,000 of “our own” suffering stranded people from various parts of the country, the council noted that the first batch of stranded people had arrived from neighbouring Assam on May 13, while another batch from Delhi had arrived the following day. And very soon the people would enter the State on a daily basis. This was stated in a press release by NTC president Toniho Yepthomi and general secretary Nribemo Ngullie. 


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