oppn parties What Exactly is Unemployment?

News Snippets

  • Supreme Court warns Rahul Gandhi to be more careful in future but drops contempt proceedings in the "chor" case
  • In a flip-flop, Vodafone CEO says sorry to the government, sys no plan to exit India
  • Sabarimala case referred to a larger bench as the court says several contentious issues need deeper examination
  • 16 killed as the vehicle they were traveling in plunged into a deep gorge near Jammu
  • Vodafone CEO seeks government relief, saying India operations on the verge of collapse
  • Three teenagers killed in a major accident in Kolkata's New Town area when their Honda City rammed into a road divider and a Metro pillar. The car was mangled
  • Vishwa Hindu Parishad not to publicly 'celebrate' Babri Masjid demolition day this year, all events will be closed door
  • JNU students march against the steep hike in fees, keep HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal stuck at the venue of the convocation
  • USFDA says Cytotron, an anti-cancer kit developed by Bengaluru based Rajah Vijay Kumar, is a "breakthrough device" for treating liver, pancreatic and breast cancers
  • Car sales show a minuscule uptrend after declining continuously for 11 months
  • Industrial output contracts by 4.3% in September, the worst decline in 8 years
  • Centre defends abrogation of Article 370 in the Supreme Court, says the power under it was used by the President six times previously
  • Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar admitted to hospital with lung infection, put on ventilator
  • Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant quits as Union Minister
  • National Security Advisor Ajit Doval met the leaders of both Hindus and Muslims in Delhi on Sunday to ensure peace and harmony is maintained after the Ayodhya verdict
Supreme Court dismisses plea for review in Rafale case, says no need for roving inquiry, maintains clean chit to government
oppn parties
What Exactly is Unemployment?

By Slogger

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Holding an extreme view and carting the ball out of the park is what interests him most. He is a hard hitter at all times. Fasten your seatbelts and read.
Before starting this article, three things need to be clarified. One, any kind of gainful employment technically makes one employed and he or she cannot be termed unemployed, for one of the definitions of employment is “an occupation by which a person earns a living”. Two, if one has studied for a course and has obtained a degree or diploma; one would normally expect to be employed in a manner which makes use of that degree or diploma. Finally, a government job is not the only criterion for taking away the unemployed tag.

These clarifications were necessary because across the country, people consider themselves unemployed if they do not have a government job. Employment exchanges are full of applicants who are actually employed in the private sector or are running their own businesses but have not taken their names off the roster in the hope of getting a government job. In that sense, unemployment figures in India are highly bloated.

Ideally, if a person has studied to be an engineer but is employed as a clerk in the absence of an engineering job, he has reasons to be unsatisfied. But is he unemployed? Obviously it is the failure of governance if new jobs in the engineering field fail to keep pace with the number of new engineers being churned out by the mushrooming institutes, but an engineer working in any other capacity is not unemployed.

Finally, much is being made of the selling pakodas remark of the prime minister. Maybe he used a wrong analogy, but what he perhaps meant to say was people who claim to be unemployed are gainfully employed doing whatever comes their way. Although it was not an ideal situation for the educated, it still made them make ends meet. Perhaps the prime minister is not able to understand the frustration one encounters when one has to sell pakodas despite having an engineering (or any other) degree. But he has made a valid point about what constitutes unemployment.