JAMMU, Sept 22: Seeking emergency measures to ensure no more job loss because of pandemic situation, senior Congress leader, Raman Bhalla on Tuesday said that unemployment and inflation, which are all time high in India have pushed the people on the verge of starvation.
Interacting with locals of Ambedkar Nagar, near Trikuta Nagar Bhalla here said that present pandemic has snatched away the source of livelihood from billions.
He also urged upon the administration to streamline the salaries of all daily rated workers as they were not paid for months together.
The Congress leader also urged upon the administration to regularize the services of all daily-rated workers.
He also demanded recruitment notification for vacancies in all the departments which are lying vacant since long to absorb educated youth.
“Though reducing unemployment was a major goal of the BJP government in the country yet it has not been able to fulfill its promise of job creation in J&K,” Bhalla maintained adding that J&K has earned a distinction to have the highest unemployment rate in north India.
He further said that at a time when people are facing a hard time due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, soaring prices of essential commodities has doubled their woes.
“Steps should be taken by the authorities concerned to bring down the prices of essential commodities in the interest of the common man,” he demanded.
Alleging BJP for hypocrisy over the inflation, Bhalla said: “When they were in opposition, their frontline leaders wasted no time to protest against the price rise of essential commodities but now when they are in power for the last six years, the inflation is all time high and none of the BJP leaders is uttering a word over it.”
Prominent among those present on the occasion were Congress Block President, Surinder Singh Dutt; DCC General Secretary Urban, Aman Bawa; Deya Ram, Lajo Ram, K.K Khajuria and others.