As reported by TNN on timesofindia.indiatimes.com on 08 April 2008:
16,000 jobs for 3L applicants
PUNE: The state government stands exposed on its tall claims of providing jobs to the unemployed youth. In a startling revelation, a city-based organisation, Om Pratishthan, has discovered that the state government-run employmentexchange had given jobs to just 5.5% of all applicants between 2001 and 2007 in Pune district.
The disclosure was made under the Right to Information Act and an application seeking the information was moved by the Pratishthan.
As many as 3, 03,548 candidates had applied for employment between 2001 and 2007, of which 2, 74,790 were interviewed and only 16,879 candidates got jobs. As a result, there has been a substantial dip in the number of applications post-2004. The findings also revealed that part-time jobs as well as financial assistance to the educated unemployed had been stopped since 2004.
Bhagwan Nevdekar of Om Pratishthan said the findings were absolutely startling. “The youth have totally lost faith in the government and the way it handles applications. There is clearly a downward trend in the number of applications received by the exchange over the years (see box),” he pointed out.
Nevdekar said these figures were only for Pune district and wondered what the state figures would be like.
The state government used to pay Rs 100 to unemployed graduates while those who had cleared the SSC and HSC examinations used to get Rs 50 per month. In 1995, the state decided to give part-time jobs and Rs 300 to graduates, while SSC and HSC passouts were paid Rs 100 per month. But in 2004, all such assistance was discontinued.
"The part-time jobs in government organisations used to help the youth gain experience, which would further help them in getting jobs at other places. However, the job offer too was subsequently discontinued," said Nevdekar.
The information obtained also revealed that about 46 candidates were recruited at the exchange and about Rs 70, 28,472 had been spent on them. Other expenses included buying of stationery, travel allowance and payment of electricity bills and mobile bills.
Nevdekar said that though several companies were acquiring land for SEZs in the region, hardly any opportunities were being created for the local populace. "The government has no control over these companies," he lamented.