Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress Government has always tried to give the people of the state a safe and secure life. One of the ingredients for this is sustainable income, according to a party statement here today.
With development in various fields, most people in the state have some sort of sustainable income. The government is trying its best to bring the fruits of development to every corner of the state.
During financial year (FY) 2017-18, despite the cruel effects of demonetisation and GST, Bengal has been able to create employment opportunities for 8.92 lakh people; and most of the job creation has been the result of the positive policies of the State Government rather than due to any help from the Centre.
Also, according to State Government data, during the first six-and-a-half years of Trinamool Congress, 81 lakh jobs were created.
The jobs include not only direct government jobs but also those created through the setting up of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).
In fact, as acknowledged by the Central Government itself, Bengal is the leading state in terms of generating income and employment through MSMEs.
According to official records, more than 27,700 MSMEs have been able to provide employment to 1.7 lakh people. Keeping on the subject of small scale industries, the state has provided training in handloom to 16,940 people, which included both weavers and their assistants. A result of these activities has been the creation of 60 lakh person-days.
Due to the Gatidhara Scheme, which provides loans to youths to buy vehicles for commercial use, be it taxis or mini trucks or anything else, another approximately 10,000 people have got employment.
Another important fact to remember is that, if there was no debt that the state had to repay the Centre (a result of the 34-year-rule of the Left Front) and the Central Government contributed more funds for the jointly-implementable schemes instead of reducing its shares, the State Government would have been able to spare more money for more number of jobs and for creating employment opportunities.
Another laudable move in this respect was the creation, on July 26, 2012, of an Employment Bank, and where job-seekers can notify their names online too.
The exchange serves as a bridge between employment seekers and employment providers. More than 10 lakh people across the state have found employment in this way.
It is from this list that people have been selected, on need basis, for the Yuvashree Scheme, wherein sustenance stipend is paid to those not yet employed.
Now, the government has decided to recruit 13,000 people in the police force and related jobs, and it is actively pursuing its implementation. This decision was approved by the State Cabinet. (UNI)