In second term as Goa CM, Pramod Sawant seeks to solve joblessness
- Pramod Sawant took oath as Goa CM Monday
- Sawant said his focus will be on solving unemployment
- During his first term, unemployment rate in Goa went up: CMIE data
Pramod Sawant of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took oath as the chief minister of Goa, India’s smallest state, on Monday. The 48-year-old Ayurveda doctor-turned-politician led his party to victory in the recently-concluded Assembly elections battling heavy odds. Now, with the CM’s chair within reach, Pramod Sawant wants to solve Goa’s unemployment crisis.
Speaking from Goa capital Panaji, Sawant said generating employment in various sectors for the people of the state will be the government’s priority.
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Goa’s overall unemployment rate was at 13% between 2016 to 2021, according to data gathered by Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE). During these five years, Goa’s employment rate has dropped from 49% to 32%.
In 2016, nearly half of Goa’s working population had jobs. In these five years, Goa’s working population has gone up from 12.24 lakh to 13.1 lakh and the employment rate has come down to nearly one in three.
Unemployment was one of the biggest issues in Goa’s Assembly polls. With nearly 5 lakh Goans unemployed, according to data cited by the Goa Forward Party, the crisis is pushing a nativist narrative, the culmination of which could be found in a political organisation such as the Revolutionary Goans.
In the fray for the first time, Revolutionary Goans, with their new-age social media campaigns, their rousing of anger against a broken political system accused of graft at every turn, have managed to find voters willing to respond to their call for change.
Pramod Sawant knows the depth of the unemployment crisis all too well. He also knows the kind of threat the Revolutionary Goans pose. The BJP’s election manifesto has promised to resume mining in Goa within six months of coming to power, a tall ask since the same manifesto has promised to make the state carbon-neutral.
On Monday, Pramod Sawant took oath as the CM after fighting an extremely high-octane election. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is attended the ceremony as did Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda.