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Govt demolishing educational edifice, crushing job opportunities: Cong

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Press Trust of India New Delhi
Accusing the government of demolishing educational edifice and crushing job opportunities in the country, the Congress on Thursday said the time has come for Prime Minister Narendra Modi to go back from "event management" to addressing the issues concerning education and unemployment.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government is fast turning the demographic dividend into a demographic disaster through its "lopsided policy".
"The BJP has demolished the educational edifice, the employment apparatus in India. This is a government that is fast turning demographic dividend into a demographic disaster.... Time for Prime Minister to go back from event management and stage-managed 'Howdy' programme to addressing education and unemployment," he told reporters.
He was referring to 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston in the US.
"Modi's emphatic proclamation in the United States that 'everything is fine' in India is a big bold white lie, weaved to fool not just the international community, but 130 crore Indians," he said.
"Amidst the deliberate diversions, distractions and digressions, a stark ground reality has emerged in the form of two scathing reports that have once again proven the monumental crisis on jobs and education that India faces. This crisis has been the sole handiwork of the BJP government at the Centre in the last 5 years and 4 months," the Congress leader alleged.
Surjewala alleged that in BJP's dictionary facts could be termed as fiction. "But in reality, these are plain dark facts which are a clear evidence of Modi Govt's mammoth failures to tackle both higher education and jobs. India is at the cusp of falling behind."

"No amount of sugarcoating, slogan-tweaking and loose statements by motormouth ministers can change this grim reality," he said.
Surjewala was referring to a CMIE report on unemployment in India and another released by the HRD Ministry, titled "All India Survey on Higher Education".
"The shocking figures are that in May 2019 the unemployment rate was 7% which is highest in 50 years; it has now surged to 8.19% in August 2019 which is perhaps the highest ever. Globally as per ILO the unemployment rate is 4.95% - that means India has double the rate of unemployment compared to the global figure rest of the world.
"Another shocking fact is that unemployment among the males is 6.1% while among the females it is more than double; it is 2-1/2 times more at 17.6% - that shows the hollowness of the entire sloganeering of 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao; in India," he said.
Surjewala said another shocking fact is that the more literate one is, the more unemployed he/she is.
The unemployment rate among graduates to Ph.D-holder is as high as 15% i.e. 300% more than the global average and highest ever since independence, he said, adding that even as per this report, over one crore youth are unemployed while the real numbers are much-much more.
"The state of education is even more dismal and I will give you only three important facts 74% of our young between the age of 18 to 23 years do not go to College and I repeat 74% of India's young between 18 to 23 years do not go to College don't enrol themselves in College. Only 2.5% colleges in India run a Phd. programme - meaning 97.5% Colleges in India do not run a Phd. programme. How would the children have access?" he asked.
Surjewala also alleged that there is an abysmal representation of people belonging to Scheduled Castes in the teaching field, which is a telling tale on the systematic discrimination perpetuated by this government against the community.
He alleged that only 8.5 per cent of all teachers come from SC category, while 27 pc posts are reserved for them.

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First Published: Sep 26 2019 | 10:10 PM IST

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