The job at hand: Students in the course of the placement at PCTE in Ludhiana

Published: March 21, 2020

The Job aspirants at the mega job truthful in Ludhiana. 

While Punjab’s Cong govt claims to have facilitated employment for over 12 lakh youths in final Three years as a part of its pre-poll promise, opposition claims most of them have solely landed menial jobs.

Ajay Kumar Prashar, a father of two younger kids and a resident of Kurali, misplaced his leg in a highway accident in February final 12 months. The amputation not solely left him and not using a leg but additionally and not using a livelihood. It was in November that he bought in contact with the District Bureau of Employment and Enterprise (DBEE), Mohali.

Under the self-employment scheme of the state authorities, the Bureau was fast to assist him in getting a mortgage of Rs 5 lakh below the Mudra Scheme. Last month, Prashar arrange a documentation centre in Kurali. The centre is doing properly and so is Prashar, who had nearly given up on life.

I used to be depressed and had no need to reside until I got here involved with the DBEE, Mohali. Here, I used to be not solely counselled on varied methods to earn my maintain but additionally helped with synthetic limbs.

They put me up with a prophylactics centre,” he advised .“Though my venture is just a month old, I am positive that I will be able to make it a success. At least, I can feed my two children now,” he added.

Many lives touched

Prashar just isn’t the one one to have benefitted from Punjab’s Ghar Ghar Rozgar undertaking, a scheme aimed at offering jobs to the unemployed.

Mukesh Kumari, who arrange Sakshi Make-Up Studio at Mohali’s Desu Majra village after getting coaching from an associate of Punjab Skill Development Mission in Sector 10, Chandigarh, is now eyeing a profession in Bollywood.

“I bought free coaching because of the District Bureau of Employment and Enterprise (DBEE). Now, I’ve employed two extra women educated by the centre. I additionally freelance for Bollywood, and if all goes properly, I can be getting a project for an industrial shoot in Mumbai subsequent month for which I’ll want at least 15 make-up artists.’’

Kumari, who studied until Class XII, says she resides a dream. She is now doing her bit to pay again by using women educated by the Skill Development Centre that groomed her. “The moment these makeup artists get trained, I will be able to get them employment. It’s all thanks to the District Bureau of Employment,” she gushes.

Jashanpreet Singh from Jaitowal village in Sangrur, who accomplished his commencement final 12 months and took coaching in pictures from a Skill Development Centre, has now landed a job value Rs 20,000 with a TV channel. “I am satisfied with my job. It is a great start. I am finally standing on my feet,” says the youth who is kind of effusive in his reward of the DBEE.

Promise and supply

Before elections, the Punjab Congress had in its manifesto promised jobs for at least one member of each household. It had even bought varieties crammed from youths with their telephone numbers.

After taking up in March 2017, the Punjab authorities began engaged on its big-ticket announcement. Though the uninviting employment exchanges of yore have given solution to DBEEs, there’s a distinction between promise and actuality.

While the pre-poll promise was to supply a job to at least one youth in each household, in actualitythe federal government is appearing as a bridge between the youths and employers.

It can also be serving to them get employable by honing their abilities in varied fields. Thanks to this, the federal government has been in a position to assist numerous youths to get jobs with Swiggy, Zomato, Ola, personal banks and other employers.

The beginner

The very first thing that the Capt authorities did after coming to energy was to dissolve all of the employment exchanges and arrange the DBEEs. “We have made sure that these DBEEs look like corporate offices. There are conference halls, counselling offices and LED screens that display vacancies all the time. We have the-calling staff that keeps on getting in touch with these youths,” stated an official.

The Skill Development Mission has empanelled 20 coaching companions and a stipend of something between Rs 100 to 200 per day is given to the scholars. The Mohali DBEE alone has a footfall of 40 college students daily.

The report card

According to Census India 2011, Punjab has 55,13,071 households and in three years the state authorities’ personal data declare that they’ve helped in offering jobs to 12,15,969 youths in these households. Till the final 12 months, it had claimed that 5,76,748 jobs got in two years.

In three years, this can be a success fee of 22 per cent. Of the 12 lakh jobs, 57,905 are in authorities departments, 3.96 lakh in personal enterprises. What is most exceptional is {that a} whopping 7.61 lakh folks have turn out to be entrepreneurs, operating small enterprises of their very own.

The Opposition, nonetheless, accuses the federal government of offering solely menial jobs reminiscent of that of a salesman at a retailer, an employee at a Dhaba and the like, to the youths. The authorities argue that they’re the facilitators. They acquire information about job vacancies, upskill unemployed youths, and assist them to select from no matter is on the market.

Saddled with a fats wage invoice of Rs 24,000 crore of three.5 lakh staffthe federal government has now determined to retire about 7,000 staff this 12 months in a bid to supply job alternatives to at least 25,000 youths. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has additionally introduced 1 lakh jobs for teenagers in authorities workplaces within the subsequent two years.

“Instead of sitting at home and not doing anything, it is better we find them a range of jobs. They just have to apply to us. We get back to them,” stated an official.

High expectations

The authorities state that the expectations of the youth in Punjab are usually not in sync with their instructional {qualifications}. “Whenever a youth approaches us, we counsel him within the DBEE.

He or she is advised his/her value. We ship some for talent growth and others are invited to the job galas. They are supplied jobs as per their functionality. But typicallychildren don’t need to begin at lower than Rs 15,000 monthly.

This creates a gulf between the expectation and actuality,” rues Harpreet Kaur, District Bureau of Employment, Mohali. Government sources added that whereas most need a job that pays at least Rs 15,000 monthly, the market most often is simply prepared to pay them Rs 6,000-7,000 as a month’s incomes.

Foreign bug

Most children within the state are additionally bought on the concept of going overseas, and scripting successful story abroad. “Almost every teenager needs to go overseas. They need us to facilitate their passage.

No matter what job we discover them, their coronary heart just isn’t in it. They need to go away every part and fly off at the primary obtainable alternative. That is why the federal government is now organising infrastructure to assist ship such youths overseas,’’ stated a senior bureaucrat.


The Department of Employment Generation of Punjab has collated information to achieve the determine of unemployed youths within the state. As per the Government of India information, and figures collected by the Department of Industry that outsourced the work to KPMG, as many as 12 lakh youths have been unemployed within the state until 2017.

Every 12 months, 2 lakh employable youths enter the market. “This arithmetic tells us that thus far, there are about 18 lakh unemployed youths within the state. As per our informationwe’ve got helped 12 lakh in getting jobs.

But we’ve got no means to test whether or not everyone in all 12 lakh youths bought the roles or there may be attrition. There may very well be many youths who’re altering jobs in 12 months and touchdown a brand new one at job galas. We don’t have any means to know that,” stated an official of the federal government.


Under-employment can also be a problem in Punjab. There are sometimes experiences that extremely certified youths take up jobs not commensurate with their abilities and {qualifications}.

Sometimes engineering graduates apply for jobs of clerks, stenographers, et al, all as a result of they’re authorities jobs. “This is a phenomenon which prevails across the country but it is sad,” stated an official.

Staff scarcity

It is an irony, nonetheless, that the 22 DBEEs within the state which can be connecting lakhs of youths with employers, are themselves understaffed. There are solely 350 staff within the division with an IAS officer as its Administrative Secretary and one other as Director, with a further cost.

The employees at the DBEEs, which handles counselling, information assortment, and collating, is skeletal and that impacts their efficiency in flip. The division has not too long ago employed on contract a number of younger graduates from prime enterprise faculties of the nation.

They counsel the youths and encourage them to enrol in talent growth programs being run by the federal government with the assistance of coaching companions.