Much to the disappointment of the citizens of Delhi, unemployment has risen sharply in the national capital, with the number of unemployed people going up by over 11 per cent between the years 2014 and 2015. The numbers involved are indeed massive. Over 12 lakh people did not have a job in 2015 with around 56 thousand of them having diplomas that are supposed to equip a person with professional skills. Unemployment figures paint an alarming picture with the jobless numbers rising from 9.13 lakhs in 2013 to 10.97 lakhs in 2014 to 12.22 lakhs in 2015, according to the latest Economic Survey of Delhi that was released today.
According to the report, the number of unemployed persons registered in employment exchanges in Delhi was as high as 5.56 lakhs in 2005. It has now increased exponentially, with a marginal drop in between, since then. Astonishingly, according to the report, educational distribution of those unemployed in 2015, 1,95,450 were graduates, 34,033 postgraduates and 56,576 were diploma holders. In 2013 and 2014, there were as many as 44,934 and 52,532 unemployed diploma holders in the city.
The steady rise poses a serious challenge for the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government which, in its poll manifesto, had promised to create 8 lakh jobs in five years by bridging “skill gap” through the promotion of vocational education. This had gone down very well with the electorate and the AAP had managed to pull off an astonishing victory against the Congress party a well as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – the later was then just fresh off a major triumph in forming its government at the Centre under Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“We will create the first ever Delhi skill mission to train and enable one lakh youths per year for the first two years, ramping up to five lakh youths per year for the next three years,” it had said. The AAP government had assumed office in February 2015.