Tuesday, April 7, 2009


In today's recessionary circumstances it is imperative to create demand for goods and rebuild the infrastructure. This effort if proved successful, employments would be generated automatically and that in turn would generate income of people.

Sad news are hitting Indian society all the time since January 2008. In a period of recession worst affected areas are always industrial sector first. The secondary sector always becomes first to receive the social bullets during down turn. Since industrial enterprises, in the period of boom, create employment liberally it gets effected badly during the time of economic recession. In India the agriculture is the biggest employer. It is followed by textile segments. Due to bad export more than four lakh employees have lost job during the year. It would start cascading effect. The most employees are workmen. Up till now sophisticated urban boys were losing jobs. Now even skilled workers have started loosing jobs. This may create turmoil in the society. Should this trend continue a chaos may erupt resulting in arson and looting which was not seen in our society for economic depression. Even during Bengal famine no such major upheaval was noticed amongst the various economic segment of the society.

Barrack Obama, American president forewarned recent the youth of America recently that unless boys were prepared to compete with Chinese and Indian lads it would be an annihilation to them. Neither mediocrity would be tolerated nor survived. Young American boys need to pull up their socks in case they want to survive . These words of President Obama was meant for the boys of his country. But it is also true for our own country too. Our boys must develop skills, new skills for new job. Not only development of skill alone would resolve the problem. Indian boys shall have to understand the dignity of labour.
In a time of recession for most boys’ service sector might be the only answer. The service sector would need honest and dedicated employees. Over the years it is seen how transport sector have developed with private drivers giving excellent service coupled with watch and ward forces. Ten years back 12 hours dedicated service from employees was unthinkable. Now it has become the order of the day. Courier service is another example of dedicated service of the day.

During the recession it is health and food related segments which can provide some stability. In this respect Government can help providing for training facility for health
related machines and instruments. The medical facilities of the private sector enterprises can be utilized for the training purposes. These boys could be deployed after proper training to the villages to take care of health of the population.

Perhaps development of agriculture sector could be also savior. In Assam fertility of land is high but credit availability is low, supply of fertilizer and irrigational canal , except in few place are not sufficient. Can Government think of these areas for development? This is also the time for building up enough roads in the villages linking the district headquarters. Fisheries are other areas where development can be thought of.. Thesd are the areas where our boys also have to show interest. Otherwise money would be spent by Government but it would go to the new generation of workers across the border.

The Government must also start quasi medical facilities at the earliest. A host of engineering college has been opened. There would be lots of requirement for laboratory technicians, teachers, demonstrators etc. Our boys must also be prepared to accept training and get them selves retrained with Media related avenues. During this time
There is no chance to loose jobs in media sphere, educational institute, nursing and
NGO. More and more services are coming into the fore in NGO. The social welfare segments are also coming up pretty well. Young engineers instead of waiting endlessly for the job posting which they were promised during campus interview should prepare for All India civil service jobs. A lot of engineers are required in the defense forces. Young boys and girls can keep their eyes and ears open and apply for these job. In Assam even most of the educated boys do not like to sit in the Government of India jobs. Slowly this trend is changing and boys and girls are trying to compete for these post..
The most important thing during these periods is the support of the family. Family members must try to provide great deal of support to boys who have not been able to get jobs now or whose jobs have been laid off.

The unions of the state have also a roll to play. Instead of confront with the Management it is the time to cooperate with the management. Productivity must not be ignored. Lay off could be avoided at the cost of acceptance of lower salary if need be. One thing must be kept in mind that bad time will not continue for ever. It is bound to change. The bad days would change for good .Only thing workers must wait with positive outlook.


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