About 600,000 youths register for jobs
By Laxman Kafle
Kathmandu, Apr.15: A month long campaign for applicants to register in the Prime Minister Employment Programme (PMEP) concluded across the country on Saturday.
The campaign to submit the applications to be enlisted in PMEP had opened on March 15 for a month and it concluded with the active participation of unemployed youth in the programme in all local levels, said Dr. Lok Nath Bhusal, Under Secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security.
The detail data of applicants has yet to be collected from all local levels, he said, adding that it would take around 10 days to collect the final data of the unemployed youths.
Local governments would verify the received applications and list the eligible candidates to get jobs based on their applications and qualifications, he said, adding that the list of the youth would be uploaded to the Employment Information System to be developed for the purpose.
“The ministry has estimated that around 600,000 youths registered their names in the unemployed list in all 753 local levels. Our estimation is that an average 800 youth from a local level registered their names,” he told The Rising Nepal.
According to him, the government has been preparing the budget with a view to provide jobs as per the preliminary projection for 600,000 youths from the next fiscal year.
All unemployed persons aged between 18 to 59 years were allowed to register their names in the list of unemployed visiting the nearest ward offices.
He said that the flow of applicants was very nominal in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and other urban areas compared to remote areas.
“All unemployed youth of the remote and hilly districts might have been unable to register their names in the programme due to the lack of publicity this year. However, participation of the people in all local levels was very good,” he said.
The government two months back introduced a programme to ensure a minimum of 100-day employment a year to all the people of working age, with a provision of subsistence allowance, if otherwise.
The programme would be more fruitful to provide jobs to the unemployed people in the coming years as the aim of the programme was to provide at least 100 days’ work to the unemployed persons of the country within a year.
As per the programme provision, the government will provide 50 per cent of the minimum salaries of 100 working days as subsistence allowance if anybody aged between 18 and 59 years failed to get a job.
The persons of the productive age will get around Rs. 51,700 while working for at least 100 days under the programme.
According to Dr. Bhusal, the eligible individuals will be mobilised in development work, including reconstruction, community infrastructure development, drinking water, irrigation, large and national pride projects, information and communication technology, industry and health, among others.
As per the act, the workers listed in the ESC will be deployed in the local development work, he said, adding that the foreign nationals working in Nepal will be totally displaced from the next fiscal year.
The government has already selected and deployed coordinators in the ESCs of all 753 local levels.