BJP stages walkout on unemployment dole issue
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members on Friday staged a walkout during question hour in the Assembly, alleging that the state government was befooling youths with false promise of providing unemployment allowance.
In reply to a question from BJP's Satish Mahana, Jai Prakash Nishad, Dhrampal Singh, Ramchandra Yadav and Congress member Akhilesh Pratap Singh, Revenue Minister Ambika Choudhary said that between March 2012 and August 2012, as many as 46.54 lakhs people had applied for jobs. The total figure of unemployed people registered with employment exchange across the state till August 2012 stood at 63.05 lakh.
Only 12.26 lakh people applied for the unemployment allowance and 10.73 lakhs were paid as per the guidelines formulated for the unemployment allowance scheme. Under the scheme, Rs 1,000 per month is provided to an unemployed youth between the age group of 25-40 years, the minister said.
BJP leader Hukum Singh stated that the Samajwadi Party had cheated the youths and taken their votes by promising them unemployment allowance, but had now fixed an age limit.
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