Unemployment allowance in Kerala remains at Rs 120 per month for over two decades
Kozhikode: The number of unemployed individuals and cost of living in Kerala keep rising, but the unemployment allowance has not increased by a single rupee. By following the 23-year-old mandate, the monthly unemployment allowance remains at Rs 120. Paradoxically, the government charges Rs 250 for one-time registration for individuals seeking private sector jobs through the employment exchange.
The project for allowing unemployment allowance for helping individuals without any occupation and source of income, was started in 1982. The monthly amount allocated as allowance was last amended in 1988. Since then there was no rise in the monthly allowance.
Similarly, the criteria for selecting beneficiaries was also not amended since 1988. Due to this, number of beneficiaries which was 3.83 lakh in 1988 sharply declined and reached 37,069 now. The following are the existing criteria to select beneficiaries:
- The unemployed person should fall under the age category of 18 to 35 years.
- The person should clear class 10 exam. If they are not getting job within three years, they can apply for the allowance once they attain the age of 21.
- The annual income of the family should be less than Rs 12,000, while personal income should not be more than Rs 100.
Also, most of the schemes, like pension scheme, considers annual income of the family to be Rs 1,00,000. Presently, all welfare pensions grant Rs 1600 or more per month.
Meanwhile, it is also important to note that the present beneficiaries get the allowance very late. Often, beneficiaries get allowances for many months together. Last Onam, dues of 10 months amounting to Rs 4.39 crore was settled by the employment exchange through local self-government departments.