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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during address a press conference on India's Ranking in the World Bank's ease of doing Business report 2017 at National Media Centre on 31 oct 2017. Express photo by Renuka Puri.

“Rozgar Nahin Toh, Sarkar Nahi” – Delhi University Students Tumult the Union Budget 2018

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On 2nd February 2018, the students of Delhi University expressed their disappointment against the Union Budget 2018-19 announced by Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister of India on 01 February 2018.

The students protested against the budget by burning the copies of the Union Budget 2018-19 in the premises of the varsity.

During the protest, the students recall how in 2014 during the election campaign the present Modi Government promised to generate at least 2 crore jobs every year. For the student community of the nation, this assurance was no less than a dream come true. If the Government would have actually kept their word and worked accordingly then the nation would have generated at least 10 crore jobs within 5 years of their ruling tenure. But the present scenario states that before the upcoming elections of 2019 the government has failed to even generate 1 crore jobs in the country.

It’s quite shocking to know that there are still 5,56,000 vacancies for the elementary teachers in the country along with lakhs of unemployed doctors who rather than treating the patients and help to survive are just finding mere means to sustain their own survival. In this chaos, it just becomes useless to even discuss the condition of the engineering graduates in the country. They spend more than 10 lakhs to score a good degree but yet they are unemployed and are roaming in search of a job just for existence.

The protesting students invoke that such a budget is of no use to the student community. Year after year they’re facing the same issue and dilemma of unemployment, yet no action is being undertaken by the government. Every year the student community hopes to acquire a special place in the Union Budget but their desires go in vain as soon as the Union Finance Minister announced the budget. Despite being 65% of the population, the youth aren’t being given any recognition.

The students firmly believe that the present budget neither supports and works in the favor of the youth nor the country as a whole.

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