SHILLONG: The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) central body on Friday sought the intervention of Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya in-charge Labour Prestone Tynsong on the lack of employment in the State especially as private enterprises have more employees from outside the State.
“We have received countless numbers of complaint from local youths on the lack of employment in the State and in our research concerning this matter, we have found that many of the private enterprises, be it factories or industries or any other firm or company, most of the employees are from outside the State,” HYC president Robert Kharjahrin told reporters after meeting the Deputy Chief Minister.
He said that most of these enterprises have argued that the reason for the lack of employment of local youths from the State is because they lack the expertise in the field.
“We cannot accept this because most of our youths are highly qualified and these companies from outside are using our land to establish their business and some are even destroying our environment,” he said.
He said a few local people might be benefiting from these private enterprises, however, the larger population of trible people in the State are not gaining anything.
The council asked the State Government to ensure 80 per cent employment for the local tribal people of Meghalaya in various private enterprises.
“If these companies are saying that the local youths are not skilled enough in handling the operation of the company then it should be their job to collaborate with the State Government to ensure that training is imparted to the locals,” he said. He informed that the Deputy Chief Minister has assured them that the matter will be forwarded to the political, law and labour departments.