Population - A National asset

    26-Aug-2019
Kajal Chatterjee
Far from becoming a burden of the nation, population is actually a national asset which needs to be harnessed to the full to make a nation truly prosperous in all respects and fields. And India is fortunate enough that this huge population includes a very large percentage of youth brigade who have the luxury of years, energy and agility to lead the nation for a significant period of time. Had population indeed been a burden, many first-world countries would not have feel perturbed following decreasing rate of growth with senior citizens exceeding youth. Also they would not have encouraged citizens to reproduce more by offering them various incentives. After all who would run the nation in future!
So when leading figures of the Indian society lament  about the "population explosion" as if it offer a hindrance on the path of nation's growth, it certainly invokes bout of laughter. It resembles ignoring value of precious minerals by sitting upon unlimited gold or oil reserves.
By playing true to the adage "A bad workman quarrels with his tools"; individuals leaders or authorities who are incapable of harnessing human resource to its full potential or do not hold any desire to harness it, actually try to sweep their abject failures under the carpet of "population explosion"!
To ensure full utilisation of human resource, the concerned authorities(be it in public or private sector) are required to create more and more job opportunities. But far from creating it; be it Centralised sector to states to private enterprise --- all are engaged in a lunatic rat race to shrink human strength just to maximise profit or to lessen the "burden" of paying salaries pensions and related benefits like medical. And perhaps to sponsor statues religious shrines IPL/ISL teams and all other things which cater to the lowest common denominator and bring in monetary/electoral harvest through such play to the gallery!
Today there exists not a single sector/institution in the country where vacancies after vacancies do not exist! What a tragedy! When humanity and necessity demand more and more creation of job openings to provide livelihood to the youth brigade and in turn render proper service towards the society; the hard reality remains that even the existing posts are getting more and more vacant! This is nothing but an indirect crime of sorts! Thanks to such ever increasing vacancies; youth brigade are not getting jobs, the ever-shrinking work force are getting burdened with more and more work load(be it a Government official or nurse in private hospital) and resultantly services also not getting rendered in satisfactory smooth brisk way. Moreover just like a chain reaction, vacancies in jobs resultantly affect those also who are not directly associated with any official job. In office premises or cluster, many persons gain sustenance by vending food articles tea and snacks. Most of them have fixed clientele and earn their bread through honest hard work. As the years roll by personnel continue to retire with recruitment being absolutely nil or negligible. Automatically with loss of clientele, their income also get reduced often compelling them to wound up their low profit yielding business -- now turned loss making.
However contractual appointments happen in many sector with remuneration resembling sort of alms. Hardly with any provision of increment promotion pension or medical benefits.
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