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Unemployment Issue

Unemployment

This is about the unemployment scenario of Assam. As per statistics made available by the State Skill Employment and Entrepreneurship department, the total number of registered employed in the State is 19,63,376; of them, 16,65,866 are educated or skilled ones and 2,97,510 unskilled ones. The lack of skill-based education in the schools and colleges of the State is I think the main reason for unemployment. Our education system is primarily concerned with quality and knowledge, and written examination more than practical-based tasks. For this reason, after completion of graduation, while facing interviews, students find themselves lacking in confidence and skills. There are many private and government sector entities providing lots of jobs, but with that they also want an employee to perform different tasks. Further, as per statistics, the State has 942 unemployed medical graduates, 7,804 jobless engineering graduates, 327 jobless veterinary graduates, 832 jobless agri graduates, 16,575 post-graduates, 3,17,824 general graduates, 6,82,796 HS- passed candidates, 5,67,340 HSLC passed candidates and 46,137 others. The highest number of unemployed have their names registered in Guwahati which is almost 3 lakh. Of the total 19,63,376 unemployed in the State, 6,06,764 are women. Clearly, these figures reveal a really grim job scenario. But the question is whether the State government is at all serious about employment generation?

Priyanka Deka,

Noonmati, Guwahati.