Terming the skill development
programmes run by the Bihar government as an eyewash attempt, campaign
coordinator for Bihar, Vishal Singh, insists that the government must first make
place for employment of the trained youth before taking them into such
In a press release, office bearers of
the campaign say, “Bihar has enough potential to generate employment for 50 lakh
youth in a 5 year timeline if we implement the model of manpower economy.”
Youth of Bihar are determined and
hardworking who can contribute to the self-sufficient as well as sustainable
development of the state if the government uses them in a constructive manner.
Bihar needs only a strong political willpower, progressive attitude and vision
to achieve it, the release adds.
In an appeal to the youth of Bihar,
campaign convener Mishra calls upon the youth of Bihar to use their votes
carefully to build their own future and, thus, a developed Bihar and advises the
youth to ask the political parties, leaders and candidates of their
constituencies to give in writing, or declare in their respective manifesto,
what action plan they have to create employment.
With a dedicated
facebook page of its
own, “Vote for Employment” aims to hold ground activities involving the youth in
all district headquarters and state capital of Bihar to sensitise the youth on
the issue and, thus, creating an environment to Defeat Unemployment in the state
of Bihar and the country as well.
Economic development and inequality
In the 21st
century, economic liberalisation and globalisation have been trumpeted across
the whole world as a sure cure for poverty and inequality in the past
presumption behind such a thought is that economic development is possible only
through maximum exploitation of resources. What happened to human values in this
entire pursuit of development is a separate discussion altogether.
focus is on the vacuity of the rationale of the much-flaunted economic policies
of liberalisation and globalisation. The rationale was this is the only way to
wipe out the scourge of inequality from the face of the Earth.
model that India is aspiring to ape is vacuous in its foundation. The United
States is exploiting our very greed of earning a fast buck. Powerful nations are
able to exploit our natural and human resources to the hilt and poor nations
like us let them to do so under the illusion that it increases the value of our
The bitter truth is
during the last decade, our national wealth has increased by $2,441 billion
while the same for US has increased by $40,767.
Actually, India is
being intoxicated by this grand fabrication of the “world’s fastest growing
economy”. We need to reckon that the reasons of wealthy people becoming
wealthier are far too many (more opportunities, better valuations of their
wealth, stringent and stricter control on resources, wielding of influence on
polity and policies). On the other hand, the wealth of the poor is growing at a
much slower pace, as they remain rooted in the defensive mode.
growth-loving state regimes are fast relinquishing their constitutional duty of
a welfare state, it is imminent that the yawning economic disparity is going to
widen further and our 90 per cent people will be pushed further to the brink of
A simple question
to India’s policy-makers: who is benefiting from this growth? Are they really
unaware of this impact of growth? Will they make an honest attempt of giving
information and figures on the classification of wealth owners from the lowest
segment to the highest ones?
Some bitter facts
Inequality in India
is growing by the day. In 2000, India’s 37 per cent of wealth was concentrated
in the hands of 1 per cent Indian adults. By 2005, it went up to 43 per cent, by
2010 it rose to 48.6 per cent and by 2014 it touched 49 per cent.
In the past 14
years, the gap between the richest minority of one per cent and the poorest
majority of 99 per cent has become wider—from 58 times in 2000 to 75 times in
2005, to 94 times in 2010 and 95 times in 2014.
Ten per cent of the
poorest Indians possess just 0.2 per cent of national wealth. The gap between
the wealthiest one per cent and the poorest 10 per cent was 1,840 times in 2000.
It became 2,150 times in 2005, 2,430 times in 2010 and 2,450 in 2014.
per cent of the world’s adults live in India while the country’s share in the
global wealth is a meagre 1 per cent.
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