Lucknow: Soon after the announcement of unemployment allowance to the jobless by the newly elected Samajwadi Party government in Uttar Pradesh, huge number of unemployed people flocked to avail compensation at the government offices.

Contenders for the allowance not only comprise regular degree holders but professionals as well.

With five lakh new registrations done till March 27, the number of unemployed youth reached 25 lakh in the state. However, with the age limit being fixed at 35 years to avail the allowance, 16 lakh contenders were disqualified.

The newly elected Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had announced in his oath taking ceremony on March 15 that his government would provide an allowance of Rs 1,000 each to those unemployed who are over 35 years of age. This attracted hordes of jobless people who gathered at government offices to claim their allowance.

According to the estimated figures sent to the government by the Directorate of Training and Employment, there are nine lakh jobless people above the age of 35 years. Meanwhile, 16 lakh unemployed youth below the age of 35 years are deprived of the allowance.

These jobless people are keeping their fingers crossed for a new notification by the government. However, the government is yet to decide on fixing the minimum qualification for the contenders along with their annual income and upper age limit.