AGOK meet deliberates on unemployment issue

Kovi Meyase addresses AGOK members on September 23 during the “Krüta Nousi Kehou” at the Capital Convention Center in Kohima.

Dimapur, September 25 (EMN): With the aim of encouraging educated unemployed youth to take up entrepreneurship as a career rather than solely relying on the limited government resources and saturated job opportunities, Angami Gazetted Officers’ Krotho (AGOK) organized ‘Krüta Nousi Kehou’ with its units SAGOK , NAGOK, WAGOK and CGOK along with Village Level Krotho on September 23 at the Capital Convention Centre.

A DIPR report states that the program was organized together with all Kicha/Rüna officers to disseminate information from the participating members to the educated unemployed youth on the ground.

As a guest speaker, Kesonyü Yhome, Minister of Labor and Housing, stated that the state’s resources are shrinking day by day along with the job opportunities in the government sector. Referring to the employment agency, which has registered over 93,000 educated unemployed youth, Yhome explained that the real number could be twice as high or even higher.

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Sharing that there are more than 1.2 lakh government employees in Nagaland, Yhome explained that access to government service has become not only scarce but also very competitive.

Some reasons for unemployment among educated youth, according to Yhome, are just enthusiasm for certain special courses such as medicine or engineering, pursuit of white-collar jobs, lack of dignity of work, etc. Because of these preferences, there are significant loss of opportunities that exist within the state are available. This is easily estimated by considering the number of non-Nagas employed in an unorganized and private sector of the state that could otherwise have been capitalized by the Nagas themselves, he added.

“To bring about change, we must change our perspectives, if we don’t change our perspectives, we will remain as we are today in the coming days,” Yhome said.

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Referring to a survey, he pointed out that out of a total of 13,000 business establishments of Nagas and non-Nagas in three district headquarters alone, about 45,815 non-Nagas make a living with an annual income of INR 450 crores. He explained that Dimapur has the largest non-Naga workforce at 32,700, followed by Kohima with 10,900 employees and Mokokchung with 2,215 non-Nagas.

Industry and Trade Commissioner and Secretary Kekhrievor Kevichüsa stated that while the entrepreneurial spirit in Nagas is very strong, the entrepreneurs in the state have failed over the years as they do not have access to the right environment, information, etc. He therefore urged AGOK members to take responsibility for disseminating appropriate and timely information to those suffering from financial hardship or facing problems in accessing the right guidance and getting the right information.

He also highlighted the Department of Industry and Commerce’s ‘PMRY’ programme, which aims to employ educated unemployed youth through micro-enterprise creation, self-employment, business start-ups, services and so on.

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Additional Minister for Labour, Employment, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship Kovi Meyase mentioned some of his department’s programs for youth skills development. He explained that young people who want to start businesses should take advantage of the Leveraging Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) and Entrepreneurship Development Program.

Meyase has identified lack of awareness, lack of motivation, alternative employment, socio-cultural factors as inhibitors, economic factors, political framework, education system and orientation as the main causes of unemployment.

A retired deputy director of agriculture, Vizonyü Liezietsu, urged the educated unemployed youth to return to the countryside instead of relying solely on the government, considering the current state of our state’s economy. He emphasized the scope and prospects of farming and related institutions and how they could help become self-reliant in this rapidly changing world.

The keynote speech and way forward was delivered by AGOK President Neilasa Sopfü, while the acceptance speech was proposed by AGOK Vice President Nirei-e Nisa.

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