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20,19,062 registered jobless persons in State

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Sept 6 - The number of registered unemployed persons stood at 20,19,062 as on January 31 this year.

This was stated in a written reply in the Legislative Assembly today by Minister for Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship CM Patowary.

The Minister added that between 2001 and 2016 a total of 28,49,156 unemployed youths had got themselves registered at employment exchanges and of them 9,786 were successfully placed at various jobs.

He added that there is at present no scheme to provide an allowance to the registered unemployed.

Replying to a supplementary question by Congress MLA Nurul Huda, Patowary said employment exchanges do not themselves provide jobs. Rather the exchanges are places where the unemployed can get themselves registered.

�The exchanges merely play the role of facilitators. They are not employment givers,� Patowary said. He added that there are 52 such exchanges in the State.

Patowary said the government has now come up with a plan to create state-of-the-art modern career centres where the unemployed and job-seekers can get themselves registered online.

�Such centres will have better infrastructure including seating facility and canteens. Counselling by expert counsellors will also be provided,� he said. Patowary added that three such modern career counselling centres will be opened this fiscal at Nagaon, Silchar and Haflong.

He said that the government has also decided to start a portal to streamline the entire database of the registered unemployed so that those who get any jobs can be identified immediately and have their names deleted from the list, while a separate category would be maintained for those who have got themselves registered but are at the same time engaged in private sector jobs or in some businesses.

Patowary said that massive investments have come to the State following the government�s introduction of the ease of doing business policy and thousands of unemployed youths have been absorbed by newly set up units of MNCs.

�By October this year, we will have skill development centres in all the blocks of Assam� We have asked big firms like OIL to tell us what kind of skills they are seeking to employ. We will train our youths in such skills so that they can get absorbed locally,� said the Minister.

Registered educated unemployed persons: Meanwhile, in a written reply Patowary said the total number of registered educated unemployed persons in the State stood at 16,42,718 as on December 31, 2016.

He said that the Directorate of Employment and Craftsmen Training compiles a list of candidates from the employment exchanges under the Employment Exchanges (Compulsory Notification of Vacancies) Act, 1959, which is sent to different employers as part of the process to place the unemployed youths.

He said that steps have been taken to provide skill training to the youths through the ITIs.

In addition, steps like vocational guidance, career counselling, and other steps have been taken.

With regard to the number of youths who have managed to secure employment since the present government came to power at Dispur, Patowary said that letters have been sent to various departments to get the exact figures, which would be known only when the data comes.

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