Who is wronged?
No one but the young unemployed youth of today
THE JOB PROBLEM
SYED MAAJID RASHID ANDRABI
This refers to the article `Of employees and employed' published in GK on 14/01/2013. Although the author has stressed on the regularisation of the daily wagers, ad hoc, and consolidated workers which is a commendable task but moving forward it looks like as if the employees have been favoured most while the new generation that is going to be the immediate victim of the increase in retirement age decision has been left unattended. Hope alone cannot solve the problem of unemployment until the government fulfills vacancies and turn this decade’s old dream into a reality. The decision to increase the retirement age has been supported by a fine explanation while the ways by which the unemployment could be tackled seem to have been ignored. It is true that the life span has increased, thanks to the advancements in medicinal facilities but that does not mean that the existing employees should be given few more years to contribute owing to their better health conditions. An obvious question that needs the kind attention of authorities is to determine who is going to get benefited by this decision? The youth who are yet to find any job or the employees who have rendered their services and have attained maturity. Taking the increased life span into consideration, it is more worrisome for unemployed youth who are yet to start their earning.
How is the government going to provide employment avenues to the educated but unemployed youth? Retirement is a ray of hope to the unemployed youth which facilitates their way to enter into the government sector. The move to increase the retirement age would certainly dishearten them with no hope for their chances of getting employed. The demands for enhancing the retirement age come into the limelight very often. On one side failing to reach any consensus and on the other side the trust deficit among the employees and youth (in particular) towards the government has deepened the trouble. Time and again the state employees stress to increase the retirement age from 58 to 60 which continues to become a cause of concern for the unemployed youth. The government is unable to find any clear means by which it could fix this problem. While increasing the retirement age could prove beneficial for the already employed ones. It can pose serious problems for the unemployed youth as they would have to forgo the opportunities coming in their way to get employed and earn their livelihood. The number of educated but unemployed youth in the state stand at around 6.2 lakh which have to run from pillar to post in search of any job. We have to meet the challenges of the unemployment while reaching any decision.
Every year thousands of youth cross the age limit. The demand to increase the retirement age has been in place for a very long time but the irony is that none has even thought of raising the induction age for an aspiring employee which renders them jobless every year. If laws can be sought to enhance the retirement age, then why the same can’t be demanded in order to increase the induction age? Instead of doing it, what the present day unemployed youth wants is the kind intervention of government to tackle the rising unemployment problem effectively which as of now seems to be vague. Although the new recruitment policy drafted by the state government to solve the problem of rising unemployment has been put in place, but it has received a stiff resistance in its initial phase and has not been accorded a warm welcome till date. The policy is regarded as totally authoritarian, exploitative and unjustified. It is also viewed to violate the fundamental right of equal pay for equal work, thus denying the new recruits from their basic constitutional right. A serious question that needs to be answered remains still pending: Is enhancing the retirement age more crucial than giving an opportunity to the qualified unemployed youth to contribute to the welfare of the state by virtue of their skills? There is no doubt that the present employees are qualified and experienced but it is also a fact that new recruits are technologically more advanced than them.
The present move to enhance the retirement age is being viewed as a serious challenge that the government needs to address while keeping in view the number of unemployed youth. A balance needs to be kept in meeting the aspirations of the unemployed youth while taking in account the genuine demands of the employees.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST
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