Don't look towards govt for jobs: Fawad

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry on Tuesday expressed astonishment at, what he said, his every statement making the headlines without context. He in a tweet sought to explain his previous statement about government jobs saying he had said it is the private sector that creates employment opportunities and not the government.
The government has to create an enabling environment for generation of job opportunities, he said, adding it is not the case that every person look for a government job.
Earlier, in April this year, Federal Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda had said that in seven to ten days, Pakistan will experience so many jobs that they will exceed the number of people.
Vawda said there would be a “burst of jobs” in the country in the near future and a dearth of people against the posts.
He stressed further, the economic condition will improve a lot and the living standards will be so great that paanwalas [tobacco-sellers] will offer to pay taxes.
The minister said foreign investment will be attracted, if investors were provided with tax relief. He said the PTI government has caught people who were supporting PML-N in the various departments and were busy failing the incumbent government.
Our Monitoring desk adds: Federal Minister for Science and Technology FawadChaudhry on Tuesday said public should not look towards the government for jobs.
Addressing the second Deans International Conference of Engineering Institutions in Islamabad, the minister said that the government could not provide jobs to the public. “Instead, I want to tell you that the government is going to disband 400 departments,” he added.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader further said, “In Pakistan or elsewhere in the world, governments are shrinking.”
“It is very imperative to get people to realise that the government cannot provide jobs. If we start looking towards the government for jobs then the framework of our economy will collapse.
“It was the mentality of the 1970s that governments would provide jobs — now the private sector provides jobs.”
It is pertinent to mention here that PTI government had claimed to provide 10m jobs to youth in its election manifesto.
Meanwhile FawadChaudhry in a twitter message clarified that government intends to create environment for new jobs, adding that it was not necessary everyone gets a government job.