In a tacit admission that seven editions of biennial Vibrant Gujarat Investors’ summits since 2003 have not generated enough jobs, the Gujarat Government has mooted a new law making it mandatory for employers to recruit 80 per cent of their manpower from within the state.
This was announced by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Tuesday during his speech at the Mukhyamantri Apprenticeship Yojana (MAY) event through which 8,500 unemployed youths were given ‘agreement letters’ for training at local units.
This event was reminiscent of the ‘Rozgar Mela’ organised all over the state in June 2012 wherein the then Chief Minister Narendra Modi had handed over ‘appointment letters’ to thousands of youths for paid training at local establishments for a period of six months.
These ‘appointment letters’ from local industrial units, handed over at ‘Rozgar Melas’ all over the state, had the Gujarat Government as a sort of guarantor for the sixmonth tenure at a stipend of Rs 2,500 to Rs 3,000 but with no obligation of any renewal. Incidentally, the tenures of all these ‘appointment letters’ ended in mid-December 2012, just around the date on which the counting of the assembly elections was expected to be scheduled.
The new law proposed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani would also make it compulsory for industrial units to recruit at least 25 per cent of their manpower from the local area. Soon after the BJP had come to power in Gujarat in 1995, a resolution was passed in the assembly for employing as much as 85 per cent from the state but it was never enacted into a law.
The Chief Minister also used the opportunity to have a dig at Opposition Congress for demanding unemployment allowance for the jobless in the state.
“To keep the youths unemployed by paying them allowance is Congress line of thought”, he said adding that the BJP is trying to ensure that they get employed.