AICC national Spokesperson Dasoju Sravan today warned Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao and IT and Industries Minister K T Rama Rao against making "irrational, irresponsible and fake" statements on employment opportunities.
Alleging that the "dubious" announcements were leading to students’ suicides in the state, the leader criticised the two TRS bigwigs for their "substantial failure" in tackling unemployment in the state.
"It is shameful that the ruling party and its leaders do not have a thorough strategy through which they can address the most pressing and sensitive issues in Telangana," he charged.
Sravan's comments come after an unemployed youth from Warangal, Sunil, reportedly tried to commit suicide. He is currently receiving treatment at Hyderabad's NIMS.
After visiting Sunil and assuring him and his family that the Congress would always stand by them, the spokesperson addressed the media and discussed the problem of unemployment in the state.
He said that nobody except the government would be to blame if the unemployed youth passed away following his suicide attempt.
"If Sunil unfortunately passes away, the government will be the murderer responsible for his death. After all, it is only after the youth became fed up with absence of timely job recruitments in Telangana since its formation that he tried to take his own life. It is heartbreaking that Sunil resorted to suicide because he had lost all confidence in the government's ability to provide to him a livelihood. He is in a critical condition today, and his doctors say that his health is deteriorating. While I hope he recovers and goes on to live a long and healthy life, KCR and KTR should both prepare themselves to face dire consequences for driving the youth of the state to suicide," Sravan fumed.
"Both the CM and KTR are ruining the state with their lies. They have completely neglected the three central pillars of the Telangana movement - water, funds, and jobs. They erroneously believe that implementing the Rythu Bandhu scheme and some pensions is enough to keep the state running. The KCR regime has continuously misled 40 lakh unemployed youth with their false announcements about recruitments. I wonder why the ruling party is so unwilling to fill the vacancies that it claims exist in the government departments of the state. Its own Biswal Commission pointed out that there are currently 1.92 lakh vacant job posts, yet it has promised to fill only 50,000 posts
. This is unacceptable," he added.
The leader then appealed to the unemployed youth of Telangana not to resort to extreme steps like suicide, and to instead join hands with the Congress. He assured them that the party would fight for their rights, and would force the government to come clean on the unemployment issue.