Targets set as Delhi CM reviews plan to create 2 million jobs in 5 years | Latest Delhi News
On Friday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal identified the sectors, endorsed an initial action plan and reviewed the steps to be taken to achieve an important target set by the state government in its 2022 budget- 23 – create 2 million jobs in the city in the next five years.
The chief minister, during his first review meeting on the issue since the budget was presented to the state assembly on March 26, also instructed different departments and agencies to develop micro-plans to generate job opportunities, officials aware of the matter said.
Over the next five years, the Delhi government aims to create 150,000 jobs through the redevelopment of popular markets; 120,000 jobs through the organization of retail and wholesale festivals; 50,000 jobs by creating shopping and food hubs on existing bus station grounds; 600,000 jobs thanks to the redevelopment of non-compliant notified industrial zones; 900,000 jobs thanks to Delhi’s Startup policy; 1,500 jobs by promoting the night economy thanks to its food truck policy; 30,000 jobs by facilitating the operation of cloud kitchens; 6,000 jobs thanks to the redevelopment of food hubs; and 85,000 jobs thanks to the establishment of an electronics manufacturing cluster apart from other measures.
“The biggest challenge facing our country is employment. The children have no work to do. Let’s all work to fight it within our time limits. If there’s a problem, don’t sit on it, don’t wait for the next meeting. We are all available here. You can approach me, MP CM (Manish Sisodia), Chief Secretary (Vijay Dev) or any Minister but report it as soon as possible. This will help all of us find timely solutions,” Kejriwal reportedly told officials during the meeting.
He added that the need is to make Delhi an example for other states to follow in the employment sector.
How will it work
The officials said most of the job creation tasks have been given to the Department of Tourism, the Delhi Tourism and Transport Development Corporation (DTTDC), the Department of Transport, the Department of Industries and the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC).
An official present at the meeting told HT that relevant departments were asked to draw a plan, along with timelines for creating the specific number of jobs they are expected to generate. “We will hold review meetings with relevant stakeholders and explore how many jobs can be generated in specific sectors,” the official said, asking not to be named.
Another official said developing the plans could take three to four months because multiple stakeholders were involved in the process.
The government is also planning an employment audit of ministries, as well as the development of an application to register, monitor and track existing workers and the new generation of jobs in ministries, the official said.
While presenting the budget, Sisodia said that the “Rozgar budget” will create new jobs for the people of Delhi and will boost economic recovery from the damage caused in recent years due to Covid-19.
Sisodia, who was part of the meeting, asked all department heads to ensure that case processing and decision-making are expedited. “The purpose of this meeting was to ensure that each department clearly understood its role as well as the correct schedules on which we operate. Some open-mindedness will be needed from a land use perspective, as this is a crucial factor in increasing government revenue and jobs,” Sisodia said in a statement released by the government. from Delhi.
According to the statement, Sisodia said that since the government cannot afford to waste time on any front, the deadlines that have been set are therefore very tight. “Each department is required to strictly adhere to these schedules because once a delay occurs, it affects an entire project and causes future obstacles,” he said.
Some of the additional employment-generating measures include promoting wholesale trade in Delhi by organizing a shopping festival in the city. The government will also develop “Dilli Bazaar”, a government-run e-commerce platform to help local vendors in Delhi reach a wider customer base around the world, the statement said.
In mid-July, officials said the government would likely launch “Rozgar Bazaar 2.0”, a job portal to connect job seekers with employers.. It will use advanced features such as “smart matching” (to connect the job seeker to the most suitable employer based on their skills), employer verification and placement tracking for advanced job search. It will also offer value-added services such as career guidance, skills certification and automated analytics services to provide support even to those who are digitally disconnected.
The Department of Industries will undertake the regeneration of compliant industrial areas to utilize dysfunctional and diseased plots of land in existing industrial areas to increase economic activity and generate employment opportunities. Through this, the government wants to rebrand Delhi as “The City of Business”, the statement said.
The Delhi government is also proposing the Delhi Solar Policy, which is expected to generate 10,000 jobs and the Smart Urban Agriculture Initiative, which has the potential to generate 25,000 jobs, the government said in a statement. According to the 2022-23 budget, the new solar policy will push the adoption of solar panels on the roofs of homes and commercial complexes. Through the urban farming initiative aims to encourage residents to grow vegetables on their roofs and verandas
According to a government estimate, 16.8 million out of Delhi’s population of over 23 million are eligible for employment. “However, only a third of the 1.68 crore eligible people are currently employed. The government aims to increase this employment figure from 33% to 45% over the next five years by creating 20 lakh new job opportunities the government said in a statement.
When contacted, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal said the government had not yet prepared a specific timetable for the plan. “The government should reveal the annual timelines. It must dialogue with traders in the markets it plans to redevelop and respond to their requests. Redevelopment must be sustainable and long-term,” Khandelwal said.