Shillong, March 15: The unemployment problem figured in the Assembly today with legislators cutting across party affiliations raising the need to revamp the employment exchanges in the state.
Conrad Sangma (NCP) said since the government does not have the exact figure related to the number of unemployed youths in the state, there is a need to streamline the functioning of various employment exchanges to address the concerns of the educated unemployed youths in the state.
P.A. Sangma (NCP) pointed out the state government should make it compulsory to get the employment exchange registration number of the candidates who apply for jobs.
He said many youths in the sate do not register themselves with the employment exchanges.
“The state government should have a policy to make it mandatory for the unemployed youths to register their names with the employment exchange,” he said.
According to P.A. Sangma, many states get funds under World Bank for modernisation of employment exchanges.
He also wanted the state government to avail of World Bank funding to modernise employment exchanges.
Independent legislator Manas Chaudhuri said the government should come up with a law to make it compulsory for all the educated unemployed youths to register with employment exchanges.
The current trend is that many vacant posts are filled up by various government departments and the employment exchanges are never informed about the existing vacancies, he added.
James Sangma (NCP) pointed out that while the unemployment rate at the national level is 9.8 per cent, in Meghalaya it is 11.7 per cent.
He said because of the high unemployment rate, there is largescale migration of youths from rural areas to the urban localities in Shillong.
James Sangma pointed out that the vocational training institutes in the state are using outdated machinery and technology, thereby affecting the job prospects of the youths
Ardent Basaiawmoit (UDP) said because of unemployment problem many youths in the state had joined various militant organisations.
Chief minister Mukul Sangma said the government would adopt public-private partnership (PPP) mode to improve the functioning of many vocational training institutes to enable the youths to compete in the job market.
The chief minister said the government would also make it compulsory for unemployed youths to register their names with employment exchanges.
He said as part of the Year of the Youth, starting next month the youths will be asked to register themselves with the employment exchanges.
According to the chief minister, the registration of names will enable the government to have a fair idea of the number of unemployed youths in the state.
Mukul Sangma said the government would also support these youths to enhance their skills to make them employable in government and private sectors.
Deputy chief minister Rowell Lyngdoh, who holds the labour portfolio, said the government would take steps to revamp the employment exchanges from the next financial year.
He said the government had set up employment exchanges in Shillong, Sohra, Nongstoin, Mairang, Jowai, Khliehriat, Nongpoh, Baghmara, Ampati, Williamnagar and Resubelpara.