Bhubaneswar, Dec 1:
The official data provided by the minister, Employment & Technical Education & Training in the state assembly has punctured the oft-repeated tall claim of the Naveen Patnaik government’s ‘sincere efforts’ to generate employment in the state.
If the official data are any indication, a meagre 1.75 percent (19,012 persons) have been provided with jobs out of the total 10, 83,714 applicants registered with the Employment office in the state since 2009.
Moreover, only 937 persons or 4.93% out of the total number of those provided with employment since 2009 have got employment in the private sector.
The figures were quoted by Minister Pratap Keshari Deb in the state assembly on Saturday while replying to a question by Chhendipada MLA Khageswar Behera.
Elaborating on the statistics the minister said while 16,613 have been provided with jobs in government departments, 1462 got jobs in government enterprises and only 937 have been provided with jobs in the private sector.
In reply to another question by legislator Shyam Charan Hansda, the minister Deb mentioned that the state has 8 government engineering colleges and 88 private engineering colleges with a capacity intake of 45,844 students.
He said on an average 30,000 students pass out from these colleges each year.
While 808 engineering graduates from government run engineering colleges got jobs, 1,255 pass outs from private engineering colleges have been provided with jobs during the last five years according to the information provided by the employers to the Employment department, Deb said.
Similarly, 45,685 degree engineers have registered their names with different Employment offices by October end, he added.