DYFI members protest round the clock

Statewide stir: Youths demand jobs to fill government dept vacancies

Activists of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) staged a 24-hour protest in taluk headquarters in the district on Monday, demanding permanent job opportunities or unemployment allowance.

In the backdrop of a call for a statewide protest, the protesters sat a daylong outside the taluk offices all over the district, complaining that the demands of the youth have been sidelined for years.

In Chikkaballapur

Shivappa, the district secretary of DYFI, said, “The government has failed to both fill the vacancies in various departments and also provide employment opportunities to the youth. The rate of unemployment is on the rise, year after year, but both the Union and the State governments are ignoring this fact.”

He added that the government should immediately fill the two-lakh vacancies in the departments. Youngsters who are talented, although without formal degrees, should be given excellent opportunities to utilise their capabilities, he said.

“The jobs of contract and outsourced employees in all government departments should be made permanent. A Central legislation should be enacted to provide reservation in private sectors; public sector enterprises should be set up with local resources and assistance of the Union government, and withdraw fee recruitment applications,” he added.

Bagepalli

Members of the taluk unit of DYFI protested for 24 hours outside the taluk office in town on Monday. The protesters shouted slogans against the Union and State government for failing to respond positively to the employment requirements of the youth.

“There are two lakh government posts empty; there is also a backlog of 12,000 posts. All these posts should be filled immediately,” the protesters demanded.

Srinivas Reddy, president of the DYFI district unit, who spoke on the occasion, said, “Employing private organisations on contract basis is a regressive measure. Instead, the government should empower the youth by ensuring them education and employment opportunities. Natural resources should be utilised and public industries should be opened to ensure this. This will greatly help reduce the rate of unemployment in the country. The government, unfortunately, is inviting foreign investors, which will create greater unemployment.”

He also questioned the government’s move to reserve Rs 5.28 lakh in the last budget through various tax and other reservation for financially and investment heavy companies.

Chintamani

The DYFI members in the taluk took out a procession from the travellers’ bungalow till the taluk office, where they staged a protest, demanding immediate fulfillment of their requests.

Taluk secretary of the DYFI Krishna Reddy said, “In addition to filling the vacancies in various departments, permanency of jobs should be given to guest lecturers, employees in the civic administration, computer operators, nurses in government hospitals, computer instructors in government schools and all other contract workers in government departments.”

He added that workers in the unorganised sector should be given a minimum of Rs 10,000 per month as salary. The government should take the initiative to utilise the local resources by setting up taluk-level industries. It should also open plants to treat the crops grown the taluk, including mango, tamarind, tomato and other fruits.

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