Growing unemployment: Herat youth hit out at govt
President Ashraf Ghani has promised time and again creating jobs and boosting the economy, but residents of Herat say the pledges are false. During his election campaign and a recent visit to the province, Ghani vowed to launch place mega projects in the province.
The projects would create thousands of jobs, the president said. But residents allege the situation has changed for the worse -- two years after the inauguration of the unity government. They are worried about the capital flight and growing unemployment.
Ghulam Rassoul, one of the youngsters, told Pajhwok Afghan News: “There is no work; I have been in quest of a job for weeks. My family is in need of food.” Non-availability of eatables to the masses in this age is a matter of egregious shame for the rulers of any country, he remarked.
Aziz Ahmad, another young man who was graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the Herat University, is driving a rickshaw to feed his family. He observed even a university graduate could not find a job. Dozens of other graduates like him are jobless and have nothing to do.
He added unemployment had become the second biggest challenge after insecurity and violence. Herat is considered to be one of the peaceful and populated provinces of the country. Most of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have sought refuge in Herat.
But Director of Works and Social Affairs Wakil Ahmad Sohail said the ministry concerned was working on some projects that would help generate job opportunities. Dispatching of labourers to Saudi Arabia and generation of work opportunities on TAPI are among the projects.
Moeed-ul-Haq Mowahidi, a social affairs expert, believed creating jobs was possible only through the implementation of long-term projects. He hoped the TAPI project would help generate jobs in the country.
According to the Central Statistics Organisation (CSO), unemployment has increased from 15 to 40 percent in the past two years when most of foreign troops left the country and many businesses were closed.
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