BJD Lambasts BJP Over Unfulfilled Employment Promise

04 November 2018

Mohammed Ishtiyaque

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Bhubaneswar: The State Government has provided more than 1 lakh jobs in government sector over the past four and half years, said BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra today against the BJP's decision to protest over rising youth unemployment in the State.

The BJP’s youth wing has decided to lock down all employment exchanges in Odisha on November 5 alleging unemployment is on the rise in the State.

However, Sasmit stated that while the Central Government has not been able to provide the promised 2 crore jobs every year, Odisha has appointed 33,000 Sikhya Sahayaks, hundreds of Doctors, Engineers, Dental Surgeons, Teachers and Government functionaries across various departments.

The State Government has won the Prime Minister's Award for best State in the country in skill development of rural youth for second year in a row, said Patra adding, Odisha has trained 9 lakh youth and successfully placed 96,000 of them in jobs using placement linked skill development programme.

He further opined that 'Make In Odisha' has been a very good platform and in 2018 it is eyeing Rs 2.5 lakh crore investment with 30 lakh jobs. In 2016, it was successful in generating more than Rs 2 lakh crore investment.

Odisha accounts for 20 per cent of steel, 50 per cent of aluminium and 50 per cent of stainless steel production in India, which is contributing towards employment, said Patra while recognising the contribution of the industrial hubs like Kalinga Nagar towards generating employment opportunities.

It is worthwhile to mention that, in a bid to counter BJP's agitation, the students and youth wings of ruling BJD yesterday announced to hold State-wide demonstration in front of all Central Government offices on November 5, 6 and 8.

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Sasmit Patra, Spokesperson, BJD