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It is sad to have employment politics only during elections | Social and economic change, in fact politics is the most effective solution in the hands of the general public for improvement.

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Ritika Kheda, Economist teaches at Delhi IIT

Politics in a class is seen as a misdemeanor. Doing politics on an issue is equivalent to doing bad work. Although social and economic change, politics is indeed the most effective solution in the hands of the general public for reform. We have got a glimpse of this from Bihar in the last few weeks. All political parties are moving among the people due to elections.

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), a political party, made jobs and unemployment its main electoral issue. The promises in the manifesto were not only interesting, but also attractive. For example, there was a promise of 10 lakh government jobs. According to RJD leaders, about 4 lakh of these government jobs are already approved but are lying vacant due to some reason. The rest was promised to create new posts.

Many of these jobs are likely to be in government basic services. Such as Anganwadi workers, teachers, nurses, doctors, other health workers, traffic police, etc. All these services are severely lacking in the country and especially in Bihar. According to the criteria of the World Health Organization, there should be one doctor per thousand people. In contrast, more than 3000 people depend on a doctor in Bihar.

It also includes private doctors. While the government role in health services is superior worldwide, the role of the private sector in health in India is huge. Of the total spending on health in the world, private spending is less than 20%. Private spending in India is over 60%. The rest of the basic services are also severely lacking.

The main promise of the manifesto, the resumption of government jobs and the creation of new jobs is attractive because it allows two jobs to be done simultaneously. Bridging shortages of basic services and a partial solution to the problem of unemployment.

The second promise of the manifesto was that the ‘contract’ practice would be abolished and the principle of ‘equal work, equal pay’ applied. However, the ‘Equal Remuneration Act 1976’ has given the principle of legal acceptance of equal pay for equal work for men and women.

But there have been two types of teachers in government schools for decades, permanent and contact. There are two kinds of difference among them, the salary of permanent teachers is also high and their job is also confirmed (they cannot be easily dismissed). The contract teacher has long been demanding that her job be confirmed.

No need to count the benefits of a confirmed job. If your job is safe, then you can concentrate on work with your mind, rather than living in search of another job all the time. In fact, many (not all) people with fixed jobs misuse it. For him to be permanent means to go to work on free will, to work on free will. It is worth noting that there are many people with fixed jobs who work diligently. That is, there are some other reasons behind its misuse.

The manifesto gave voice to another important demand. Demands for Anganwadi workers and helpers and Asha Didi. In a few words the importance of Anganwadi services is not easy to count. Children under six years of age must receive good nutrition, pre-school education, basic health services (vaccination, etc.) because according to research, their future is determined at this age.

The government mechanism to make these services reach the children is completely dependent on these three functionaries (along with the health department nurse). The readers may be surprised to know that Asha Didi does not get salary in many states, only two-three thousand rupees honorarium; These three are not paid on time.

It is a glimpse of the important issues and intricacies associated with them. It is an opportunity to discuss all these, because a party decided to do politics on them due to elections. It is not a matter of sorrow that politics is taking place on these issues. The sad thing is that politics is being held only in elections.

(These are the author’s own views)

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