The Trinamool Congress’s (TMC) scheme to give unemployed youth Rs 1,000 per month in financial aid is an insult to the young people of the state, KAM Meghalaya leader and South Shillong candidate Angela Rangad said today.
The TMC has hailed its MYE scheme for youths and WE Card scheme for women but has been criticised for these by rival political outfits.
“When we talk about transparency and accountability, we are also talking about the need to provide clear and authentic information to the public. So when you talk about what the TMC has done in launching the two enticements are that it has created quite a bit of confusion for the people,” Rangad said.
Signing up for these schemes requires those interested to provide details of the EPIC and phone numbers, which could lead to data breaches and misuse of the data by the TMC for the upcoming election.
She accused the TMC of misleading the public by making the two schemes appear to be official, government-backed proposals and being unclear about the details of funding and eligibility.
As far as the women empowerment scheme goes, so much more can be done for women to ensure that their overall safety is protected and that their status is enhanced.
And as far as the MYE scheme for the young people is concerned, she said that unemployment is a real crisis in Meghalaya and one cannot have something like this being the answer to that unemployment.
And on the youth scheme, she said, “What we require is to ensure that a young person has dignity where they work, that they get the qualifications they need to apply for jobs. And they have something which gives them long-term economic security with dignity.”