On the third day of his ‘Jawaani Sambhaal Yatra’, the leader of opposition Charanjit Channi presented a document procured under the RTI Act which shows that only 1,913 persons were given unemployment allowance from 2012-16.In the past four years of the SAD-BJP rule from 2012-16 in Punjab, only 1,913 unemployed persons have been given the monthly unemployment allowance, the Congress claimed on Thursday. In Ludhiana on the third day of his ‘Jawaani Sambhaal Yatra’, the leader of opposition in Punjab Assembly Charanjit Channi presented a document procured under the Right to Information Act (RTI) which shows that only 1,913 persons were given unemployment allowance from 2012-16. Not only this, the number of beneficiaries also dwindled from 950 in 2012-13 to 210 in 2015-16. According to the RTI reply, only 25 youths in Jalandhar got allowance from 2012-16. The number stands at zero for Jalandhar in 2015-16. In Nawanshahr, not a single beneficiary was given allowance and in Ludhiana, only 36 beneficiaries got allowance in four years. The number stands at two for Ferozepur, one for Fazilka, zero for Ropar and Mohali, 20 for Mansa and two for Moga.While 61 youths got allowance in Bathinda from where Harsimrat Kaur Badal is an MP, it is zero for Muktsar under which falls the Lambi constituency which has the CM’s village Badal. Only one beneficiary got allowance in Fazilka in 2012-13 — the district having Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal’s constituency Jalalabad — and the number stands at zero for Fazilka from 2013-16. The maximum beneficiaries — 728 — are in Amritsar who got allowance in four years, followed by Tarn Taran having 363 and Gurdaspur with 162. In Pathankot, only 58 youths got allowance in four years.Channi also presented an RTI reply from the Delhi government and claimed that Kejriwal was making false promises of creating 25 lakh new jobs. The reply, accessed by February 2015, a total of 13.49 lakh unemployed have been registered with the department of which only 1,417 were placed.
Channi promised that the Congress would provide one job per family if voted to power.
Under the Punjab Payment of Unemployment Allowance to Educated Unemployed Persons Rules, 1978, Rs 150 is provided as monthly allowance to a matric unemployed who is registered for over three years and Rs 200 to a post-matric unemployed. For handicapped, this amount has been fixed at Rs 225 and Rs 300, respectively.