Pala concerned over unemployment rate in Meghalaya

Shillong, Jun 10: Congress Lok Sabha MP from Shillong, Vincent H. Pala has expressed his concern over the alarming rise in the rate of unemployment in the state.

Pala has sought an effective intervention of Chief Minister Conrad Sangma to fast track the recruitment process for vacant positions of newly approved 7th and 8th Battalions of Meghalaya Police.

Quoting the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) report, the sitting Lok Sabha member from Shillong Parliamentary seat, informed the Chief Minister that the current “unemployment rate in the State is about 13 per cent which is the highest ever in the history of Meghalaya.”

“Every year the Colleges and Universities are producing educated youths who do not have adequate opportunities for employment,” Pala said, urging the Chief Minister to expedite the recruitment process of the duly approved two Battalions, which will to some extent mitigate the unemployment crisis in the State.

“In addition, approximately 2 million youths who were studying or working in other parts of India have returned to the state. Although some who were working outside have returned and re-joined their previous employment, there are many who were compelled to stay back as their employers have stated their inability to pay salaries,” the MP wrote in an obvious reference to those who have returned due to the pandemic.

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