Dec. 3: The Guwahati City Unemployed Union, an umbrella organisation of nearly 500 unemployed youths, today announced that its members would soon launch democratic protests seeking jobs for its members.
The association said as the city was expanding and business and commercial activities were increasing, a section of youths was struggling to get jobs as they were unskilled people and financially badly off.
“At present, we have 300 members who are graduates and a few are post-graduates. Another 200 are those who could not continue their studies beyond matriculation because of poor economic background. Many of them are struggling to get jobs in the private sector, as they are not skilled people. So, we have decided to launch a democratic protest, seeking help from the government to provide them jobs according to their eligibility and support them financially to enable them start small businesses,” the organisational secretary of the union, Kalpa Nath Haloi, said.
The union is also seeking the government’s help to give loans to the unemployed youths.
It also demanded that the private companies setting up business in the city should employ local unemployed youths instead of employing outsiders.
“We cannot provide them jobs but we are helping our members get jobs in private companies. We appeal to the private companies to give jobs to our members and help them improve their skills as well,” Haloi said.
He said 75 per cent of the unemployed youths were from the city and rests were those who had settled here over the years.
The All Assam Unemployed Association was set up in Lakhimpur in 1989 and its Guwahati branch was established in 2004 with 300 members.
There are nine city units at Noonmati, Jalukbari, Gorchuk, Lachitnagar, Rupnagar, Kahilipara, Dispur, Uzan Bazar and Azara.
A 21-member committee of the Dispur unit was formed in today’s meeting.
“Those who get jobs automatically lose our membership. As the educated unemployed youths could not go for skill development courses, they should be provided extra help,” Haloi said.
An organising meeting of the All Assam Unemployed Association was held at Gopal Boro Government Higher Secondary School today.
Around 150 educated unemployed boys and girls took part in the meeting and shared their problems in finding jobs in the city.
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