Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday charged the previous Congress government of depriving thousands of unemployed youth of livelihood by signing an agreement in May, 2004 to completely ban recruitments in the public sector.
In a statement released by BJP, Dhumal said that the "Medium Term Fiscal Reforms Programme" of the government of India which was part of the MoU barred youth of the state from getting employment in government and public sector undertakings as no new positions were allowed to be created and consequently, no fresh recruitments took place.
The then Congress government also decided to abolish all posts which were lying vacant for the past three years and report to this effect was summoned by 1st January every year.
Even the employment on compassionate grounds to the kith and kin of government employees was fixed at 300 and the previous government adopted the policy of regularisation of daily wagers strictly in conformity with the judicial orders only and whenever any official retired, the posts were deemed to have been abolished forthwith.
Dhumal said that it was only when BJP took over the reins in the state and decided to generate ample employment opportunities to the youth, over 45,000 job avenues were created in government and public sector undertakings and additionally about one lakh youth was employed in private sector which included industrial and hydro power sector.
Elections to state assembly are slated for November 4. Dhunal accused the Congress party leaders of making false promises to the people.


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