KARACHI: SAMAA TV, one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu news channels today presented a project model to Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul Ebad to address the unemployment issue in the Sindh province. The proposed project is an employment drive and entails specially designed shops, completely free of cost for needy and unemployed citizens of Sindh. The project...
KARACHI: SAMAA TV, one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu news channels today presented a project model to Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul Ebad to address the unemployment issue in the Sindh province.
The proposed project is an employment drive and entails specially designed shops, completely free of cost for needy and unemployed citizens of Sindh. The project model will work on self-sustainable operations for shop runners and the shops will be placed in all major high traffic areas, parks, markets, roundabouts etc. and contain general sales items for the visitors. SAMAA TV will also provide the first stock edible items to the shop runners. The monthly revenue forecast for the shop runner is estimated to be approximately Rs.15,000 per month.
The presentation was given by Mr. Naeemuddin Syed, Executive Director New Initiatives of SAMAA TV. Mr. Naeemuddin said that the province of Sindh provides enormous opportunities for growth and development for individuals as well as for organizations. He said that SAMAA TV and the Sindh Government will work in solidarity and join hands together for the social uplift of the unprivileged class.
To ensure transparency of selection of shop keepers, a Committee will be established including nominated officials of SAMAA TV and Sindh Government. This committee will select the needy and unemployed persons as shop runners. The Sindh Government will ensure that the selected shop keepers are provided a secure place for to start their business. The selected shop runners will be given full responsibility of the shop maintenance, which would also be monitored by the Sindh Government and SAMAA TV nominated representatives.
The project, a joint initiative of Sindh Government and SAMAA TV will be addressing the unemployment issues ranging from the streets of Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Larkana and Mirpur Khas.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of SAMAA TV, said that the unemployment rate in Sindh is mounting, both in the urban and rural areas and depriving the youth of any hope for their future. “We need to create opportunities to further enhance the job opportunities among our youth so that they can generate income and improve the quality of life for themselves and their dependents”.
Mr. Jahangir stated that according to the World Bank report, “Securing Sindh’s Future – The Prospects and Challenges Ahead”, the report paints a very grim picture of unemployment in Sindh, as it reveals that due to growing population, rise in literacy and migration, more than 600,000 additional people would be entering in job market each year in Sindh. This is in contrast with the long-term annual job creation rate of 350,000 in the province.
Mr. Jahangir said that “We need to jointly devise a comprehensive strategy to tackle the challenge of unemployment especially in rural areas and execute long-term strategies for creating job opportunities for rural and urban youth to reach out to national and international job markets. I believe that this joint drive will definitely accelerate the dream of Sindh progress.”
According to State Bank reports, out of an estimated 40 million population, six per cent or more than two million are jobless. They are roaming in the cities and villages in search of jobs, at least a quarter of this unemployed force-half a million-is educated and many of them are graduates, post graduates, technicians, engineers and professionals trained in accounting and management. Sindh boasts of 49 per cent urbanization and 54 per cent literacy in the urban areas. The provincial migration through which the labour continues to migrate from Punjab and NWFP into Sindh has further aggravated employment situation in Sindh and is resulting in transfer of resources.
SAMAA TV is one of Pakistan’s leading private satellite television channels, which takes pride in its fair, factual and independent news coverage through its on-the-hour bulletins, breaking stories, incisive political analysis and current affairs programs. The channel has also made a niche for itself through its programs on women and youth issues besides infotainment and sports. SAMAA TV, launched in December 2007 has network of district correspondents and 5 bureaus across Pakistan along with international stringers in the Middle East, Europe and North America. SAMAA Press Release