While it is great to know that our country has achieved tremendous growth in the literacy rate, it is sad to mention that the unemployment rate is on a constant rise in India. Education brings economic development has lost its meaning in India. While it is true that the access to education has increased in India, it is equally important to mention that we have not utilised the education the way we should have from the last 20 years or so.

One of the primary mistakes we made two decades ago was that we started to develop a sick mindset that advocates to chase the jobs in the government sectors.

After our entrance into the 21 century, a sick mindset developed in us. All of us started to chase government jobs, without realising its negative impact on us. After all, how many people can find employment in government backed sectors. Government sectors can not accommodate the whole population. The need of the hour is that we have to shift our focus back to our agriculture sector otherwise it would be too late for us to check the growing unemployment rate.

We can bring unemployment rate down to a great extent if we shift our focus on our agriculture and its allied sectors that contribute somewhere around 60% to the country’s revenue. India imports thousands of tons of potato, onions, milk, cheese, honey, mutton, and many other daily use eatables from other states. The worth of these imports in monetary terms is thousands of crores of Rupees.

We could let that huge amount to fill our pockets since these eatables can easily be produced locally. Our country has fortunately been gifted with soil and climatic conditions that support the cultivation of these eatables.

We can set up value added chains to exploit the produce of our agriculture sector to its fullest. Processing, and packaging of walnuts, and other dry fruits can open new employment opportunities to more and more people.

Establishing apple juice factories can provide new avenues economic prosperity. Similarly horticulture, floriculture, and apiculture are other areas that offer money making opportunities to our youth.

Sarah Contreras

The author holds a bachelor's degree in Communication with expertise in certain fields like media and marketing. She currently works as a web content contributor for ANC Delivers, one of the fastest fleet home and corporate delivery services in Australia.