GUWAHATI, April 17 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has appealed to the Centre to prioritise policies that link GDP growth with job growth, as the country�s job creation has hit a seven-year low in 2015 as per a survey by the Labour Bureau.
In a statement here on Sunday, the Chief Minister said, �It is a matter of great concern that the employment generation in key sectors has hit the seven-year low, thus serving a blow to the large pool of human resources. One would expect creation of job opportunities to follow closely with GDP growth, but this seems to be going into oblivion in the Centre�s agenda of things.�
This disconnect between GDP growth and job growth has led to shrinking of the job opportunities quite significantly, Gogoi added. �The much-hyped �Startup India� and �Skill India� initiatives seem insufficient as the Centre is seemingly trapped in policy paralysis with no futuristic breakthrough in the job market�.
The Centre�s myopic vision in the field of job creation is even worse in case of Assam and other northeastern States. The NDA Government�s insensitive decision on removal of the Special Category Status to the North East and suspension of the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policy has had its cascading effect on investment and subsequent job creation in the region.
Gogoi also said that merely indulging in rhetoric and conceding assurances after assurances to the people will not suffice. The Centre needs to feel for the region and its people and do something constructive for it to recover from its challenges.
�I urge upon the Prime Minister to take the matter seriously and do something substantive for creation of employment avenues for the large pool of educated man power in the region,� Gogoi added.