Whither unemployment? 15 officials, 1,000 chairs wait for the jobless; only one turns up

Ludhiana (Punjab): Is unemployment a major problem in our country? No would be an emphatic answer if one goes by what happened at a “Employment Camp” organised here on Thursday.

The camp was organised at Rajneesh Industries near Focal Point to provide employment to 5,500 youth. The camp was part of the Ghar Ghar Rozgar Mission and was jointly organised by the Deputy Commissioner, District Industries Centre and Employment Exchange. Fifteen officials from the District Industries Centre arrived at the camp early in the morning. About a thousand chairs were set up for the jobless and 20 police personnel were also deployed to control the crowd. However, the day wore on and no unemployed turned up. Late in the evening, one young man walked into the camp.

Even matriculates were welcome

Mahesh Khanna, GM of the District Industries Centre was also present at the camp. The camp was meant for unemployed youth who are engineering diploma holders or have ITI certificate or are matriculates. Businessman Rajneesh Ahuja said that as the head of Focal Point Industrial Association, he had signed an MoU with the Punjab government last year to organise a camp to provide employment to 5,500 youths.