On 20th February, 2014, in the Vijay Shankhnad meeting of youth at Ahmedabad, while Modi was sneering at the UPA Government for not creating job opportunities for the Youth, the police was busy arresting BJP activists who had taken crores of bribe money to give jobs to the unemployed! In one of the most shameful acts of corruption, a leading activist of BJP, Mr Kalyansinh Champawat and his accomplices had charged an amount of Rs 10 lakhs from each unemployed youth in Gujarat to get a class-III job! The recruitment scam of the 1200 posts of Talati, senior clerk , multi-purpose health worker etc that came into light very recently, has once again exposed the dirty underbelly of Gujarat governance and the fraud the Government is playing with the lives of the unemployed youth.
The modus operandi for the collection of bribe money was by organizing a coaching class for giving training to the candidates who would participate in the recruitment examination. The organizers of the coaching class were influential BJP leaders like Dr. Kalyansinh Champawat who due to their proximity with Government, had arranged with the examiners of the written test to â€œpassâ€ the selected candidates who were asked to make a special mark on their answer paper for identification. Those candidates who paid the money were secretly told to mark their answer paper for being passed. Champawat and his assistant Nisal Shah were arrested on Wednesday and were remanded in police custody for a day. During remand they disclosed the names of two more accomplishes, Anil Mewada and Nainesh Jaiswal who used to bring the prospective candidates to the coaching class. Around 20 students appeared have admitted before the police that they had paid money to Champawat.
In the last ten years, almost all the recruitment to Government jobs in Gujarat has been marred with allegations of corruption including the recruitment of police constables. This is the manner in which the â€œcleanâ€ governance of Modi works and the youth are “empowered”. This post would remain incomplete if we do not disclose that while on one hand government jobs are being sold, on the other hand jobs to implement central schemes like MNREGA are being abolished. Three years back, Government of Gujarat which is the implementing agency for MNREGA had employed over 13000 persons as Gram Rojgar Sevak (GRS) to implement the project. By a recent circular, over 10000 posts have been abolished with effect from 28th February, 2014. Thus while ten thousand young people will lose their jobs, the rural employment guarantee scheme would also suffer due to want of necessary man power.