NSUI stage protest against unemployment in Dimapur

NSUI stage protest against unemployment in Dimapur
A banner put up by NSUI members during the protest. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, MAR 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/10/2021 12:33:50 PM IST

Activists of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) State unit staged a unique protest at Super Market here on Wednesday as part of the nationwide protest against unemployment under the theme “Naukri do ya degree wapas lo” (Give us jobs or take back our degrees) by serving pakodas and tea to passers-by. 

NSUI State president Chopika Assumi told Nagaland Post that the symbolic protest was organised by NSUI to voice concern over the rising unemployment problem in India. He alleged that the government had made many tall promises of providing employment to youth before the election, but nothing happened later. He said even the existing jobs were lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that around 12 crore jobs were reportedly lost. 

Acknowledging that it was not possible for everyone to get a Central or State government job, Assumi clarified that they were not protesting against this nor were they demanding the same. 

He however pointed out that there were many vacancies that were yet to be filled up in many departments. He explained that the protest was staged to demand filling up of the vacant posts for unemployed youth, adding that every citizen was a witness to selling off of public sector undertakings (PSU), which provided employment opportunity to many youth.  

Claiming that there was no employment opportunity even for youth with qualifications, the NSUI State president said the protesters had collected more than five lakh degrees throughout the country and submitted these to the government. 

Referring to serving of free pakodas and tea during the protest, he stressed that this was not to demean the profession of those selling tea and pakodas. 

Speaking of unemployment problem in Nagaland, Assumi claimed that the State had more that 70,000 registered unemployed youth, adding that, if the unregistered youths were added, the number would be more than one lakh. 

He alleged that the government had not taken any comprehensive step to curb unemployment in the State, pointing out even though there were many avenues for unemployed youth to take up entrepreneurship it was very difficult to get loans and urged the government to look into this aspect.  

Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) general secretary Captain GK Zhimomi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised to create two crore jobs few years back, but lamented that instead of creating, there had been job losses all the way. 

He said unemployment problem in the country has reached an alarming level now as lakhs of graduates have joined the growing army of unemployed youth. 

Zhimomi mentioned that NSUI was carrying out the unique symbolic protest across the country against the unfulfilled promises of the Prime Minister. 

He said the ruling coalition in Nagaland too had been promising to create jobs since 2003, adding that “our people” have been falling prey to this. 

“It has been 19 years, but there has been no change in the situation and no new jobs have been created,” he pointed out.  

He said the Wednesday’s protest was the first of its kind by NSUI, and that there would be more in future. 


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