There are jobs available; look for them. A news piece piqued my interest a few days ago. It was about the number of people on the live registration of Tamil Nadu‘s Employment Exchanges. These are some depressing figures. Notably, these are not from Uttar Pradesh or Bihar, but from Tamil Nadu, a decently developed state. If unemployed people in UP or Bihar, which are more populated and less developed, were inspired to register, the true number of unemployed people would be staggering.
Where can unemployed people find work? They’re right in front of your eyes. There were 8,72,243 vacancies in the Central government on March 31, 2021, and the administration filled 78,264 of them. There are over 8 lakh vacancies!
Thousands of employment may be produced in the healthcare sector alone, according to Dr. Shetty, with a little effort. Apply the same strict logic to other areas such as education, urban development, streams and waterbodies, forests, animal husbandry, agricultural training and research, and food manufacturing, and millions of jobs will be created, with millions of people employed directly and indirectly.
Governments are also hesitant. They are afraid to create the badly needed jobs in the government sector because they have been duped by the myth that “little government is good governance.” Governments are similarly lacking in expertise. As Dr. Shetty pointed out, we are erecting monuments rather than practical and self-sufficient medical institutions, and many women, children, and the ill are dying as a result. Every branch of government shares his views on illiberalism, timidity, and misspending. Disruption, such as the ‘50,000 square feet retail mall medical college’ recommended by Dr. Shetty, is what we need to create jobs.
Intrepid disruptors have been blamed for a variety of things, but they dared to go where no one had gone before, established something new, and in the process produced wealth and jobs. Consider Gottlieb Daimler, Henry Ford, Kenjiro Takayanagi, Sam Walton, John Mitchell & Martin Cooper (Motorola), Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk, and their game-changing initiatives that have resulted in the creation of millions of jobs, many of which were previously unavailable.
The most pressing need in India is employment. Teachers, librarians, arts and crafts gurus, trainers, lab technicians, design professionals, city planners, architects, forest guardians, fishers, vets, milk production, poultry farmers, and dozens of other occupations have the opportunity to generate millions of jobs. Small and medium sized businesses, in particular, are the most frequent job generators and hirers. Once jobs are formed, they will begin their own virtuous cycles, resulting in forms of employment, incomes, capital, tax revenues, environmental stewardship, charity, and support for the great arts and literature, among other things.
Who, on the other hand, is thinking about jobs? Not the Union Health Ministry, since right outside its doors lies a huge opportunity waiting to be seized. The Modi government’s Budget for 2022-23 was not presented by the Ministry of Finance.