GUWAHATI: A day after Congress charged the BJP led state government of ‘cheating’ the youths of the state and failing to deliver its promise of generating five lakh government jobs in the state annually, BJP has come up with a ‘fresh’ promise of giving one lakh jobs to the youths of the state within a year from now.
On Monday, BJP’s senior minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a poll rally in Behali promised that BJP if comes to power will give one lakh government job within March 2022. He was addressing an election rally in Behali in favour of BJP candidate Ranjit Dutta.
“I have always stood by what I said. Today, I want to promise that the BJP government will give one lakh government jobs to the youths of the state within a year of forming the government. Besides, we will also bring schemes to provide employment to another eight lakh in the state,” Sarma said in his speech.
Interestingly, earlier this month, during her visit to the state for poll campaigning, All India Congress Committee (AICC) general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra assured five guarantees to the people of the state if the party comes back to power including five lakh jobs.
Besides assuring of not implementing the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), the other promises made by Gandhi were free electricity up to 200 units per household, raising tea workers’ wages to Rs 356 and a stipend of Rs 2000 for housewives.
Congress on Sunday releasing a ‘charge-sheet’ against the BJP, said that before the 2016 Assembly elections, the BJP had promised to provide employment to the youth- a promise to employ five lakh unemployed in the state every year. Like other promises, the BJP failed to deliver on this promise too.
“There are around 3 lakh posts lying vacant in different departments at present and the number of unemployed in the state has reached 40 lakh. The central government has, in fact, stopped appointments in government offices, public sector undertakings and nationalized banks,” said Congress charge sheet.
Sarma on Monday also promised a package of Rs 100 Cr for tackling the perennial erosion issue of Behali.
“The last government has practically worked for three years. We have lost one year due to the anti-CAA movement and another year in tackling the pandemic. When BJP will come to power this time, the next five years will see a new dawn of Assam’s progress,” Sarma said.