Pune: Frustrated with rising levels of unemployment and economic slowdown, graduates from around Maharashtra have announced a padyatra from the historic Bhide Wada in Pune to Vidhan Bhavan in Mumbai on March 11.
The eight-day march will be under the banner of Berojgar Padyatra Manch and will have a set of demands, which address issues of unemployment and related issues.
Saudagar Kale, a 25-year-old from Pandharpur, who has a Masters of Arts degree in Economics, is one of the organisers of the rally. He came in touch with others like him from around the State through social media.
“Students like me from the rural areas are already having a tough time in getting access to education. If we get it, this is what we have to face. I got in touch with others, who are frustrated with the situation, and decided to take out this march,” Kale said.
Kale said that the youth, which he has come in touch with, are disappointed with the government. “The government doesn’t seem to budge at all. Our futures are at stake.”
“We were told by the leaders of the country to sell pakodas. Why should we sell pakodas when we are holding degrees? Asking us to find our own employment basically the system is telling us that our degrees are useless,” Kale said.