Wellbeing mantra is fine, but the focus needs to be on jobs and education

In the state budget presented on Monday, it was pointed out that Telangana’s GDP grew by 11.2% at constant prices in 2021-22, compared to 8.9% for the national economy.

While the massive fundraising program for social welfare schemes is commendable, recipients will be able to support themselves in the long term if they receive the business training and assistance needed to grow their business. business. It is necessary to take measures to create employment, provide training and make bank loans accessible. The announcement of the creation of hospitals in each district is also a good thing. On top of that, there is an urgent need for more staff, medical equipment and funds for the current medical schools, and to establish robust hospitals.

In the education sector, many schools still lack basic infrastructure and are threatened with closure due to the shortage of teachers. Public schools must be able to withstand competition from private schools, which can be achieved by accelerating recruitment and strengthening infrastructure. The state scores much better in Gurukul schools.

In 2015, when the Telangana State Civil Service Commission asked all eligible unemployed workers to register once on its website, nearly 24,000 people registered. Since then, nearly 15 lakh more have been added. The majority come from rural areas, most having not completed their higher education. Since new sectors such as e-commerce and app-based services have provided livelihoods for many people during the pandemic, specialized employment programs are needed.

Training programs in marketing, artificial intelligence and robotics should be made available to rural youth. If self-employment programs are adequately funded, the unemployed will be able to create work that will increase the production of goods. The dream of a developed Telangana will materialize when large-scale employment training programs are offered to young people.



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