On January 4, students studying in Allahabad and preparing for competitive examinations suddenly came out on the streets and started demanding to fill the pending recruitment by clapping. He said that he wants to wake up the sleeping government on an important issue like employment.
New Delhi: In the midst of electoral politics in Uttar Pradesh, youth are continuously protesting about unemployment. Earlier this month, youths in Allahabad raised one such voice against unemployment with clapping on the streets.
On the night of 4 January, thousands of youths suddenly gathered in the Salori area of the city. The issue was jobs and jobs.
The protesting youths believe that the government is probably in deep sleep, so it is constantly ignoring the important issue like employment of the youth, due to which they performed their demonstration by clapping and playing thali to wake the Yogi Adityanath government from sleep.
How did the show start?
Sunil Maurya, who is preparing for competitive examinations after staying in the city after his education from Allahabad University, says, ‘The demonstration that started that night started in a very organic way. Only a few youths sitting in the private library decided that it was now necessary to directly question the government about employment, so they came out in the Salori area and started raising slogans by clapping and playing thali. With these few people gradually people got attached and the demonstration got such a big form.
Sunil further said that not only in Allahabad but in almost the whole of Uttar Pradesh, the youth have registered their resistance regarding the new teacher recruitment. If the government wanted, it could have given employment to the youth by recruiting lakhs of vacant posts in the education department, but the intention of the government is not clear, so no recruitment has been completed.
Vivek, who is doing MA in Modern History from Allahabad University, says, ‘On the night of January 4, around 10 in my room, I heard the sound of plate playing from outside. On coming out, I understood that this demonstration is for pending government jobs and I am also in it. became involved. We were present in this demonstration by reaching Govindpur taxi stand the next day and then along with the rest of the students till Balsan intersection.
Vivek further told that for the first time students are not on the streets due to unemployment. Along with the birthday of Prime Minister Modi, youth in Allahabad have fought for their rights on many other occasions.
Sumit Gautam, who studied law from Allahabad and passed BEd, BTC, CTET, was involved in the protest against unemployment in Lucknow on 3 January. He believes that the employment promises of the government were mere election lollipops.
Sumit told about the indecent attitude of the police in the conversation, ‘We have faced the indecency of the police not once but many times. His language is very abusive. If we fight for our rights, we policemen threaten to stop our studies and file cases. This naturally creates fear in the youth about the future.
Sumit’s father is retired from government service. He told that now there is a dire need of solid income for the marriage of elder sister and also for running the house.
what do the figures say
On one hand, the Yogi government is claiming to be at the forefront of employment and is publishing posters, but if we look at the figures, all the claims of the government seem to be rejected.
Anupam, who works for the youth with the campaign of Yuva Halla Bol, says, ‘The government that came to power in Uttar Pradesh in 2017 came on the promise that within 90 days as soon as the government was formed, all the vacant government posts are there, The process of filling them all will be started. Five years have passed, yet there are more than five lakh vacancies, which are not even being filled.
Referring to the recent CMIE figures, Anupam further said that the government had promised that 70 lakh jobs would be given. According to the data, the working age population in the state is large but the number of working people has decreased. This means that the hopelessness about getting a job among the youth is increasing. The result of this hopelessness is that news like suicides come to the fore every day.
Earlier in February 2021, in a press conference held at the UP Press Club in Lucknow, Anupam and Yuva Halla Bol’s team had told with documents that the Bharatiya Janata Party was claiming four and a half lakh jobs in its campaign then it was baseless. Now he has started telling the same claim directly to 5 lakhs.
But when department-wise details of those four and a half lakh jobs were sought from them through RTI, the State Personnel Department gave a direct reply that they do not have any such figures.
The opposition has taken this performance of the youth in the matter of jobs. When Akhilesh Yadav, the state president of Congress’ student organization NSUI, got the news of the protest on the night of January 4 from social media and he reached the spot immediately.
Akhilesh says, “The youth raising their voice on the issue of unemployment in such large numbers without any special political leadership is proof that the Adityanath government has miserably failed to fulfill the promises of unemployment.”
He further says, ‘On September 17, the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, students started celebrating Unemployment Day from place to place. So the issue of unemployment is not a new issue. Students have always been troubled whether it is in the BJP government or in the SP government. There is an anger inside all the students, without any plan the students came out in the night and started protesting.
Akhilesh also says that social media also played an important role in the gathering of students. The students started going live from the demonstration and seeing the same video, the number of students increased.
Inquilabi Chhatra Morcha activist Ritesh Vidyarthi was involved in the demonstration on the night of January 4. Many students had joined the demonstration after watching him live video on Facebook.
He told that for the demonstration on January 5, students had appealed with the help of social media and the next day all the students marching from Allahabad University’s Delegacy Allapur, Salori, Katra, Govindpur, Baghada to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi located at Balsan Square. gathered near.
Riteish said, ‘The show of Char Tithi started in a very natural way. The students raised their voice against unemployment like a united front without any political leadership. This vengeance has not grown in a day, all the students and youth have faced individual struggles in the last five years. This movement is going on in different ways in the whole state.
Ritesh claims that in Allahabad about 10 lakh students prepare for competitive and other examinations. 70-80 students have committed suicide in the last one year due to lack of jobs.
Cases and lathi charge on students
The police have registered a case against the youth who stood against unemployment in many serious sections.
According to reports, on January 4, late evening, 300 people were registered with unknown and 2 named complaints at Georgetown police station.
A case has been registered against 600 students in Govindpur police post under serious sections. Along with the students, the operators of many coaching institutes were also not spared by the police administration.
Students agitating for unemployment believe that an attempt is being made to intimidate them by implicating them in serious sections like rebellion, epidemic act.
This is not the first instance of such cases being filed against the protesting students. Earlier on December 26, a case was registered against the students protesting for recruitment in Company Bagh, Allahabad. In this demonstration, more than a hundred students had gathered in Company Bagh to demand the re-examination of Inspector Recruitment.
Earlier in December 2021, the police brutally lathi-charged the students who were taking out candle march for teacher recruitment at 1090 intersection of Lucknow. Here all of them had taken to the streets with the demand of reinstatement of 69 thousand teachers and adding 22 thousand more seats.
Unemployment despite lakhs of vacant posts
Talking about the vacant posts in Uttar Pradesh, the maximum number of vacant posts are of teachers. According to a report in October 2021, there is a shortage of more than 3.25 lakh teachers in the state. Despite this, in the last five years, the government has not brought out a single new teacher recruitment.
According to the data of BPRD, the Ministry of Home Affairs, which came in March 2021, there are more than one lakh 11 thousand vacancies in the police department.
A media report published in September 2020 states that at that time there were thousands of vacant posts in all the departments in the state. Of these, 1,40,105 were vacant in Police District Police, PAC, Fire, Reserve etc. and Medical Health and Family Welfare- 45,755 were vacant.
The opposition said – make the issue of employment
Opposition parties are seen raising the issue of jobs for the youth every now and then. Before the upcoming assembly elections, many parties have attacked the Yogi government for this.
Aam Aadmi Party MP Singh took to Twitter after the lathi charge at the Lucknow demonstration in December 2021. wrote, ‘Adityanath ji! Get these unemployed youths beaten up as much as you want, but remember two things. 1. These youths took you to the pinnacle of power. 2. The crimes committed on the unemployed will prove to be the last nail in the coffin of your power.
At the same time, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Congress has appealed to the youth of the state to vote on the issue of education and employment in the assembly elections.
Samajwadi Party National President and former Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had tweeted that the Chief Minister is giving false job-employment figures from the platform, while the true unemployed are being victimized by the violence of the administration at their doorstep.
Akhilesh Yadav also targeted Yogi Adityanath’s election campaign and said that why the Chief Minister, who has put up hoardings on talk, does not get the hoardings of those whom he has given jobs or employment.
(The author is a freelance journalist.)
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