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Gujarat Governor embarrasses BJP govt on jobless growth

Statesman News Service | Gandhinagar |

In a majorembarrassment for the ruling BJP in Gujarat, state Governor O P Kohli has saidthat there is a growing discomfort among the state’s educated youth due to the grim employment scenario.

The Governor’s observation is at variance with the BJP government’s claims that the job situation in Gujarat has improved during its 22-year tenure.

Delivering his address at the convocation of the Gujarat Technological University (GTU) here, Mr Kohli said that growing unemployment raises the question on the relevance of higher education in the country.

Chief  Minister Vijay Rupani and Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama were present at the convocation where the Governor spoke his mind.

Belonging as he does to the same ideological camp that is currently at the helm of affairs in the country, Mr Kohli shouldn’t have embarrassed the BJP government but the university professor in himprobably couldn’t have resisted the temptation to tell the truth.  The Governor said that the feeling of discontent among youths is natural when they do not get jobs despite getting higher education. “Such discontent among youths is a warning bell for any society,” said Mr Kohli.

The Governor also had a dig at the ‘development’narrative of the BJPgovernment by saying that development of some cities doesn’t mean the development of the country, a phenomenon activists and Opposition parties had been pointing out before and during the just concluded election campaign. This is not the first time in recent days that a dignitary in Gujarat has spoken about the reality that the government wants to keep under the wraps.

Only last week, even before the newly sworn-in ministry had started its formal functioning, state Chief Secretary Dr J N Singh had said that the distress among the farmers was the cause of the ruling BJP’s tally going down in the Assembly elections. Asked to comment on the Governor’s remarks,Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama said that these were his ‘personal opinion’.