Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) has withdrawn a campaign in Bengal promising jobs to 75 lakhs youth after winning elections two weeks after the inception. The campaign was launched on December 13.
Speaking to The Wire, BJP state president and MP Dilip Ghosh said, “There is a problem with the term ‘jobs’. Many people are thinking they will get jobs with this card. What we actually wanted to do is a survey to measure the level of unemployment and then design a policy for employment generation. With ‘jobs’ mentioned in the scheme, they are thinking the government will be responsible for providing jobs. But that is not the case. There can be private jobs, some people might start their businesses.”
BJP has made unemployment a crucial poll plank in Bengal. Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state president and Bishnupur MP Saumitra Khan had also said the Mamata Banerjee government has failed to provide jobs. “Instead of providing employment to people, the chief minister is asking young men and women to sell street food for a living. We will provide job avenues to the youth,” Khan had added.
When The Wire reached out to Khan to get a reaction on the rollback of the scheme, Khan said, “We have stopped giving the job assurance card. Instead of giving jobs, we will work for the employment generation.” Khan disconnected the call when asked a follow-up question.
Inputs: The Wire
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