Labour & Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship commissioner and secretary R Asenla Keitzar has disclosed that Nagaland had the highest unemployment rate in the Northeast and second highest in the country.
Speaking at the inauguration of Iconic Week organised by directorate of Employment, Skill Development & Entrepreneurship as part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in collaboration with Women Resource Development department, HCL Technologies and Elite Academy here, she said India experienced an average unemployment rate of about 7% prior to Covid-19 pandemic. But, despite the unemployment rate, said India’s economy was expected to continue to grow. Keitzar acknowledged that many had lost jobs during the pandemic, which further increased the dependence on government jobs in Nagaland.
She said this was understandable as the job losses were witnessed in the private sector. But, she urged everyone not to have a negative perception regarding jobs in the private sector and that the overall job market was picking up again.
She requested the youth to use the opportunity of job placement drive of HCL Technologies. She remarked that though the Naga society was more oriented towards government jobs, the reality was that the government jobs were becoming scarce and competition had increased manifold.
Delivering a concept note of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, sub-regional employment officer of NCSC for SC/ST RS Süpuni Puo said to celebrate the story of India’s growth as a leading economic powerhouse, several programmes were being planned during Iconic Week.
He explained that the week was observed by the Union Ministry of Labour & Employment between March 7 and 13 to build a movement for realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of an Atmarnibhar Bharat. He mentioned that the event was envisioned to build community connect, increase social interaction and discover India’s rich culture.
He said Myki Fest too would be celebrated to coincide with the International Women’s Day on Tuesday in collaboration with the Women Resource Development Department.
In his welcome address, director of employment, skill development & entrepreneurship Chiden Yaden said there was a high demand of Naga youth in aviation, tourism and hospitality and urged the youth to get trained and get into these sectors as government jobs had become saturated. The programme was chaired by REO T Zuthunglo Ezung.