The newly elected office bearers of the Kohima District Congress Committee Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: The Nagaland Congress on Tuesday slammed the state government for failing to address the rising unemployment rate in the state and for imposing the COVID-19 cess on petroleum products amid the pandemic.

During the induction ceremony of the newly elected Kohima District Congress Committee held at the Congress Bhavan in Kohima, Vilhousielie Kenguruse, president Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress (NPYC) accused the Central and state government of not making policies and programmes for the youths.

On the alarming growth of unemployment rate in the state, the youth leader compared how the total number of registered unemployed youths in the state increased to 90,584 in 2019 from 61,757 in 2010.

The unregistered unemployed youths and the school dropouts will likely comprise the same ratio of the registered unemployed youths, said Kenguruse. Further giving a breakout of the registered unemployed youths, he compared how the number spiked over the years.

He added that as per the 2019 status for registered unemployed persons, 26,380 are below matriculation, 15,469 are matriculates, 13,935 have qualified pre-university, 25,368 are graduates, 1,843 are technical degree holders, 6,889 are Post-graduates, 692 are persons with diploma.

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While over 40,000 persons returned back to the state due to the pandemic, the youth leader accused the state government for not having “any policies to accommodate and solve the youth unemployment problem in the state”.

As Nagaland reports the highest unemployment rate, he said that with the addition of unregistered unemployed youths, the tally is likely to be around 2 Lakh unemployed youths. “The government must come up with policies to accommodate returnees and all the other unemployed youths,” added Kenguruse.

Alleging that the there is no system to accommodate the unemployed youths, he said that the state government is rather creating more avenues for unemployment than for employment.

He also slammed the state government for imposing the COVID-19 Cess on petrol and diesel, despite the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) and other civil society organizations demanding a rollback on the cess. in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said that the Cess has created “another pandemic” for the common people.

“Any government that comes to power must formulate policies for the common people but the PDA government–the NDPP and BJP is not for the government, it is only for personal benefit,” Kenguruse said.

As the government imposed tax rather instead of providing relief, he said that it is an insult for the youths as it does not about the welfare of society. He also added that the state government must immediately introduce the SARFESAI Act to solve the unemployment issues in the state.

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Meanwhile, 21 members have been inducted into the office of the Kohima District Congress Committee on Tuesday during an installation programme of DCYK at the Congress Bhavan in Kohima. The new team is headed by Michael Megohesie as its president.

Prior to the induction, Kevi Vizo, President KDCC shared that the newly elected team is comprised of well-educated and qualified persons who will be heading the party in the district.

As the party failed to register any representative in the state Assembly seats, he said that during the coming election, the party members must collectively work to field representatives, particularly in Kohima district as it is home to all tribes. He added that there is a need for change in the Naga society.

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