Address education-jobs gap
The galloping rate at which graduates are produced by universities is one of the reasons for young workforce in today’s organisations. However, employability of the youth is a serious problem in India as our education system is one-dimensional and lays emphasis only on scoring marks and not acquiring skills required for job. But the skill profile of the modern employee has undergone a sea change as organisations prefer people with multiple skills like being a good team-player, ability to take initiative, leadership, flexibility, adaptability and also creative-thinking skills. It is important that education-policy-makers review the situation and reorient the education system to bridge the gap between demand and supply of employable graduates.
The front-page news in The Financial Express (January 22) regarding the judicial censure of the taxman for the arrest of a MakeMyTrip official for alleged tax evasion. Justice S Muralidhar rightly observed, “No show-cause notice, not even a scrap of paper that he owes R67 crore to you. This is a remarkable way of collecting taxes… We are getting reduced to a police state, that is what is happening.” It is obvious that the tax officials have total disregard for the procedure, have no conscience and can take arbitary decisions with impunity. Just like the IAS & IFS brigade, the IRS officers are also protected. The motivation of the officials behind this unreasonable act can hardly be fathomed. Could it be personal enmity? Could it be because of their political affiliation, the tax officials concerned were trying to embarrass the present government, or could it be an insensible attempt to fill the tax coffers and meet targets? In any case, the defence conveying an ignorance of law cannot be considered when the common citizen of the country is repeatedly told that ignorance of law is no excuse. If there is even a grain of truth in this news item, it becomes incumbent on the President to cut across all the red-tape and suspend the persons concerned, with wide publicity, and sack them if they are found guilty of wilfully violating the law of the country.
Apropos of the edit “Poor insights”, whether or not one accepts it, inequality of income and wealth is a pressing problem that countries and global finance must address. Otherwise, the world sits on a ticking time-bomb where the disparity becomes the gunpowder. As we liberalise labour laws and make jobs less secure for the worker, we must try and compensate for that with a greater share of profit devolving to them.
Prahlad Bhasin, Mumbai