Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, October 9
A science graduate and diploma holder in leather technology with 18 years of work experience is now jobless. Vishal (name changed), who was earning around Rs 65,000 a month, was suddenly asked by his employer to put in papers, saying the firm didn’t have enough work because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, Vishal is in search of a job, but with no luck so far. Having exhausted his savings, he had to sell his car to meet household expenses and discontinue his daughter’s NEET coaching.
In the absence of any source of income, he has applied for a blue card so that he could benefit from various government schemes, he said.
There are hundreds of others who have lost their jobs ever since the pandemic onslaught.
Hoshiarpur-based 38-year-old Sushil (name changed) has done BTech in leather technology. He was working in a Jalandhar firm as an assistant manager at a monthly salary of over Rs 70,000. After 14 years of service, he was also asked by his employer to put in papers. “Now, I am surviving on my parents’ pension. It’s embarrassing,” he says.
Tale of 31-year-old Neelesh (name changed) is no different. A graduate in geography, he was also into a job for nine years, but now he has to request money from his brother in UP. “Twelve employees were asked to put in papers by my employer in Jalandhar,” he claimed. He has written a letter to the Union Labour Minister highlighting the problems being faced by educated youths in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic.
Assistant Labour Commissioner JPS Sohal said, “We do receive such complaints and are dedicated to resolve them. Our effort is to ensure that the employees get their dues and there is no injustice with them. Tricky cases are generally taken to the court of law.”