Kailali youths throng local units to register for job schemeAfter the government opened registration for the Prime Minister Employment Programme, unemployed youths in Dhangadhi Sub-metropolis and other local units in Kailali district are visiting their ward offices in droves to sign up for the scheme.
After the government opened registration for the Prime Minister Employment Programme, unemployed youths in Dhangadhi Sub-metropolis and other local units in Kailali district are visiting their ward offices in droves to sign up for the scheme.
As of April 23, more than 14,000 people had submitted their applications to their respective local units. The employment scheme aims to ensure a minimum 100 days job in a year to all unemployed population of working age.
Under the programme, the government plans to create jobs in infrastructure development, industrial and service sectors.
In order to include maximum number of jobless people in the programme, the authorities in Kailali have extended the registration period by a month.
Kalauti Chaudhary, a resident of Dhangadhi-4, was among hundreds of people waiting in line to submit his registration at the ward office recently.
“The queue is very long. But I don’t mind waiting as long as the government provides jobless people like us with a minimum 100 days of employment,” he said.
Most of the people applying for the scheme in Kailali are between the ages of 18 and 40. But not all of them are sure if they will get jobs under the programme. Many had come to submit their applications after being informed by their friends about the scheme.
“I didn’t know anything about this programme until my friends told me. I came here at my friends’ insistence. Personally, I don’t think I will get a job because I don’t have any political connection,” said Dipa Chaudhary, who was found at the ward office of Kailari Rural Municipality-6.
Chandra Mahara, the chief of Employment Service Centre at Dhangadhi Sub-metropolis, claimed that every registered person would get a job.
“It may take some time to complete the process, but those who fill up the forms will get jobs,” said Mahara.
Santosh Mudbhari, spokesperson of Dhangadhi Sub-metropolis, said that the government launched the programme to create jobs for youths so that they do not have to go overseas for employment.
The country’s 21.6 percent population is still below the poverty line and the youth unemployment rate stands at 35.8 percent.
Nearly 4.3 million citizens are abroad as migrant workers.