In a press note circulated to media persons in Margao on Saturday, Curtorim Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco hit out at the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa on the unemployment and jobs’ creation issue.
He alleged that Parrikar’s claim of filling up 3000 vacancies in the government will done by October month-end was a farce, as everyone knows that govt jobs are “sold for a huge price” in Goa.
“Goemkars are surprised that CM Manohar Parrikar who has been a complete failure since 2012 in all spheres of governance, including the creation of jobs all of a sudden states by the end of this month (October 2018), the jobs related issues will be solved”, the note stated.
“Goemkars are keen to know from Manohar Parrikar that what will be the criteria for selecting candidates for the jobs, because in BJP’s Goa, government jobs are sold for money running into lacs,” Lourenco alleged.
A few days ago, BJP MLA and Deputy Speaker of Goa Assembly, Michael Lobo, claimed that the lack of jobs was forcing youngsters to leave the State or indulge in illegal activities.
In a letter to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is admitted to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Lobo said, “There is no doubt that during the last few years, under your leadership, Goa has progressed tremendously in all fields, but at the same time, development will have no meaning if the youth of Goa are left unemployed. At present, the people of Goa are very disturbed due to this unemployment problem.”
Lobo’s main grouse was the lack of employment opportunities in the state and the failure to even fill up 3,000 government post that are vacant over the last one year.
He accused the government of not doing enough to fill vacancies and requested Parrikar to appoint a minister for employment. Lobo, who represents the Calangute constituency in North coastal Goa, said, “Educated youth are leaving Goa in search of jobs. Unemployment is forcing Goans to give up their Indian citizenship and migrate abroad. We are losing deserving and talented youth from our State.”
“Two years ago, in October 2016, the then chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar stopped all recruitment for government jobs. Currently, there are 3,000 vacancies in various government departments, with the highest number of vacancies in the police department. The recruitment process has stopped because the chief minister is sitting on the files. For the past six months, he is in hospital. If he cannot do it, he should hand over the responsibility of recruiting people for government jobs to someone else,” Lobo said.
According to a Times of India report, in a two-page ‘urgent note’ sent to Parrikar, Lobo has pointed to his budget speech of 2017 where he promised Goan youth that jobs would be created and vacant posts of LDCs, UDCs, data entry operators, peons, drivers, accountants, teachers, police department staff and at various other government departments would be filled up.
“It is pertinent to note that there are almost 3,000 vacant posts in various government departments and for the last one and a half years the unemployed youth of Goa are anxiously waiting to get these government jobs,” he said in the note, as reported by TOI.
“At present, the people of Goa are very disturbed due to this unemployment problem in Goa. Therefore, I kindly request your good selves to kindly look into this serious issue and appoint a minister in charge at the earliest,” he wrote.
Lobo said the government was directionless. “It is moving in the wrong direction and needs to correct its course. From the way the government is going, there will be fresh assembly elections along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019,” he told reporters.
Taking a dig at Parrikar, Lourenco addressed Lobo in his press note saying: “I want to tell my esteemed colleague Michael Lobo not to continue being a simpleton by believing his boss Manohar Parrikar that 3000 vacancies are waiting for his approval.”
According to government data, the new jobs’ creation in Goa in the government and semi-government sector over the last 12 months has fallen to zero. (Read Here)
In the year 2012 and 2013, allegations were made by Opposition parties that the Goa BJP government was doling out government jobs to BJP workers, even though many of them were unsuited for the posts. The same allegations have been repeated time and again over the last 5 years.