Lack of Jobs In Punjab

Punjabs historical economic dominance is well known. We hear about it when studying The Raj and the years following it. However, we also know that Punjabs current economic position does not provide many new jobs for college graduates. Thus, these graduate are looking for jobs outside of Punjab-often in Western countries. Recently, there was a comparative study by the Economics Department at Punjabi University, Patiala to provide research data for these conclusions. This study revealed that Punjab is lagging behind for providing employment to its educated and skilled people in the last two decades.

Research found that:

the food industry had seen marginal hike in its share in the manufacturing sector of the state from 17 per cent in 1980-81 to 23 per cent in 2002-03, thus maintained its dominance in providing employment and its status as labour intensive industry. Whereas, basic metal and alloy industry suffered a major setback on employment front, as its share declined from 14 per cent in 1980-81 to 6 per cent in 2002-03. As expected, the downfall in number of units led to reduction in share of employment.

Furthermore, the unorganized manufacturing sector has had the highest growth compared to the organized sector. But Sucha Singh Gill, a researcher in the Economics Department of Punjabi University says, the problem with the unorganised manufacturing sector in Punjab – they are tiny units and not under the control of state government and are incapable of providing basic benefits to employees. Thus, you find that they can not provide for their employees basic needs.

Lastly, the BJP governments in neighboring states have successfully set-up industrial units that have affected the job prospects in Punjab. These states receive the contracts. Dr. Gill believes, either government should withdraw benefits given to other states or the benefits should be extended to Punjab as well, this would eventually help bring in back the shifted manufacturing sector, increasing employment opportunity in Punjab.

Its disheartening to know how Punjabs economic decline is the result of the Indian governments work. Although we often talk about Punjabs economic dominance as the bread basket, the bread is now changing from agriculture to manufacturing. And Punjab is strategically being left behind. I wonder what the Akali Dal is doing to increase these job prospects as a Punjabi party?


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14 Responses to “Lack of Jobs In Punjab”

  1. Harinder says:

    Economics can be used as a tool .

    All Kings and regimes all over the world use it to subdue people.

    If a SIKH converts he he can then reap the economic benifiets offered by his new religious perusasion.

    Many religions have used it as a means to increase their followers.

  2. Harinder says:

    Economics can be used as a tool .
    All Kings and regimes all over the world use it to subdue people.
    If a SIKH converts he he can then reap the economic benifiets offered by his new religious perusasion.
    Many religions have used it as a means to increase their followers.

  3. RS says:

    Students will continue leaving punjab – the mass migration to western lands that has significant impact on local economy and family union will continue. The political parties and the rampant corruption is to blame for it. Corruption, pollution and population are all increasing.

  4. RS says:

    Students will continue leaving punjab – the mass migration to western lands that has significant impact on local economy and family union will continue. The political parties and the rampant corruption is to blame for it. Corruption, pollution and population are all increasing.

  5. Rajinder Singh says:

    Current state of affairs – funny poetry by Khalid Masood :

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=khalid+masood

  6. navin karan singh says:

    i am sikh but iam free ihave not job and bignuess.so please give me one job in S.G.P.C any place.like LANGER HALL,PARIKARMA,SAMUNDARI HALL,and other siti.so send me respons

  7. navin karan singh says:

    i am sikh but iam free ihave not job and bignuess.so please give me one job in S.G.P.C any place.like LANGER HALL,PARIKARMA,SAMUNDARI HALL,and other siti.so send me respons

  8. Sewa says:

    nothing. Akali dal does not see beyound religion

  9. Sewa says:

    nothing. Akali dal does not see beyound religion

  10. Bhupi says:

    The lost jobs are a result of lost 80's/90's, the corruption level in punjab, the youth's inclination to make a fast buck and government's short term focus (i.e. next election). Politicians in Andhra, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu have vision and hence are able to bring in foreign companies/capital to set up shops. Hyderabad IT and Tamil Nadu's car manufacturing units are prime examples.

    Punjab also need the expats to invest there and create innovation/services based jobs. The state needs to move beyond agriculture reliance (also the biggest vote bank for Akalis, I guess) and develop value based agri products (think Verka Vs Amul), high quality export oriented products (the small scale industry's next step), etc.

    Bling bling problem: I have cousin's who'd rather go to west by hook or crook and work at gas station rather than attempt GATE and do Master's at IIT's (Punjab has engg colleges now, earlier lot of kids had to go to other states) and compete for job.

    We also need role models within the community to spread awareness and interest. There are some NGO's from west who focus on Punjab, but we need more of them.

    There's no dearth of intelligence or hard working capabilities, its the will and passion which is missing.

  11. Bhupi says:

    The lost jobs are a result of lost 80's/90's, the corruption level in punjab, the youth's inclination to make a fast buck and government's short term focus (i.e. next election). Politicians in Andhra, Maharashtra, Gujrat, Tamil Nadu have vision and hence are able to bring in foreign companies/capital to set up shops. Hyderabad IT and Tamil Nadu's car manufacturing units are prime examples.

    Punjab also need the expats to invest there and create innovation/services based jobs. The state needs to move beyond agriculture reliance (also the biggest vote bank for Akalis, I guess) and develop value based agri products (think Verka Vs Amul), high quality export oriented products (the small scale industry's next step), etc.

    Bling bling problem: I have cousin's who'd rather go to west by hook or crook and work at gas station rather than attempt GATE and do Master's at IIT's (Punjab has engg colleges now, earlier lot of kids had to go to other states) and compete for job.

    We also need role models within the community to spread awareness and interest. There are some NGO's from west who focus on Punjab, but we need more of them.

    There's no dearth of intelligence or hard working capabilities, its the will and passion which is missing.

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