3 years gone, jobless youth await allowance - ECAS Punjab

3 years gone, jobless youth await allowance

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Ajay Joshi

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, August 23

Before coming to power in 2017, the state Congress had announced 'Har Ghar Captain' scheme, under which it promised employment to one person of a family and 'berozgari bhatta' to every youth. However, even after being in power for three years, the Congress government has failed to keep its promise.

Difficult to make ends meet

The unemployed youth must be helped during the Covid crisis. The allowance should be released at the earliest. It has become difficult to make ends meet. - Balwinder Kumar, Beneficiary

For eligibility, a beneficiary must have passed Class X and must be between the age of 18 and 35 years as on July 1, 2017. It was promised that the eligible persons would be provided either a job or an unemployment allowance of Rs 2,500 a month.

Those who had filed the form under the scheme received the 'berozgari bhatta' card and were given an e-mail ID to clear doubts regarding the scheme.

Bharat Bhusha (29) of Wadda Saipur in Jalandhar said, "Before the 2017 election, I was given an unemployment allowance card. It was distributed by our area councillor. Most of the jobless youth in our locality were issued the card. Besides one job per family, Capt had also promised to provide unemployment allowance of Rs 2,500 to every eligible youth until he/she gets a job or for a maximum period of 36 months. But nothing happened in this regard."

Balwinder Kumar (35), a daily earner, questioned the government over its promise and said unemployed youth must be provided help, especially during the Covid crisis. "At least the allowance amount should be released. It has become very difficult to make ends meet," he said. Balwinder and his brother were provided unemployment cards in February 2017.

Pawan Kumar Tinu, SAD MLA from the Adampur constituency, said the ruling government had failed to provide employment in the state. Talking about the allowance money, he said, "As per the scheme, the government owes around Rs 1 lakh to each beneficiary. The scheme has remained only on paper."

Sunita Kalyan, director, District Employment Bureau, denied having any information about the unemployment allowance cards. Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Congress MP, on the other hand, said the disbursal of funds was delayed due to Covid outbreak. "The government will take steps in this regard soon," he said.

More than 32,000 youngsters in Jalandhar district are registered on the district 'Ghar Ghar Rozgar' portal.



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