With the entire nation holding its breath upon the implementation of the NRC, a strange Twitter hashtag started trending: #YouthWantNRU. So, what is the NRU, and why is it trending on Twitter instead of the NRC?
National Register of Unemployed (NRU)
Started by the Youth Wing of Congress, the National Register of Unemployed is essentially a campaign to highlight the high rates of unemployment in our country at the moment. As you've probably heard by now, unemployment is at its highest rates in 45 years. While the government says that the new data is calculated by a different method and not comparable to previous years, the people clearly still have cause for concern.
Taking note of the tangible worry in the air, the Youth Wing of Congress has opened a toll-free hotline. Unemployed individuals have been urged to give a missed call to this number. These calls shall be constantly counted and used to build the National Register of Unemployed or NRU.
The Indian Youth Congress, or IYC, says that despite the distress amongst students, labourers and farmers, the government has "treated them with complete indifference."
"This government is focused on promoting its polarising agenda, instead of generating employment, by highlighting issues like the NRC and CAA."
Hence, they decided to form NRU as a response to the state of unemployment. Through this initiative, the IYC is attempting to promote awareness, conversation, and discussion about unemployment: "Naukari Ki Baat." (The conversation on employment/jobs)
Political Agenda Or A Genuine Cause?
Of course, coming from the main opposition party's youth wing, questions about the legitimacy of their concern would be raised. Is this just an attempt to discredit the Central Government for political gain or a genuine cause for the people?
The truth is, whatever their intention may be, this initiative has sparked a conversation on an essential topic. The country has been divided upon the controversial Acts and moves of the Central government as of recent. In the meantime, however, our economy has been suffering greatly.
Dissent from the general population is one of the key pillars to a true democracy. If this movement gains as much momentum as the IYC probably hope it will, the central government may have some tough answers to ponder upon. Especially with the new Budget for the year right around the corner, there appears to be a building pressure on the government to justify and reinforce the promise of "acche din." (Good Days.)