Pune: Members of various worker organisations have alleged that National Employability Enhancement Mission (NEEM) Scheme of government is exploiting youths through various means and have appealed to the government to make modifications in the scheme.
While addressing a press conference on Tuesday at Patrakar Bhavan, members of Maharashtra Rajya Audyogik Kamgaar Utkarsh Sanghatana (MRAKUS) and Rashtriya Shramik Ekta Mahasangh (RSEM) said that the youths enrolled under the scheme have no scope of getting a permanent role in their respective companies and so they will lose their job once they are 35 years of age. The members also alleged that youths working under this scheme are devoid of health benefits, provident fund and various other benefits which a worker should get from the company.
Kishor Dhokale, President of RSEM said that employees are working for a meagre salary of Rs 9,500 and they continue to work on the same salary for years which is not adequate for the youths. “The youths working under this scheme do not get transport facility, canteen facility and other facilities which leaves these employees demotivated,” added Dhokale. Advocate Nitin Kolhatkar has filed a case in labour court regarding the same. Several youths working under the scheme attended the conference.
While explaining his plight, one of the employees who holds a diploma in engineering, said that he is been assigned menial tasks like cleaning which does not match his profile. “I was assured a floor job but I am doing the cleaning. When we raise our voice against this unfair practice, we get threatened to be thrown out of the job,” added the youth.
Advocate Kolhatkar said that these youths should get all the facility as compared to other permanent employees of the company. “The government and private companies are simply exploiting these youths,” added Kolhatkar.
Dhokale said that there are over 14,000 youths working under the scheme in Pune. NEEM Scheme, also known as National Employability Enhancement Mission Scheme, is a pioneering initiative of Government of India which aims at producing skilled labours and counters the problem of the skilled labour shortage in India.