Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Unemployment rate/ General Ahsan discussion

General Ahsan Saheb,
I full agree with your assessment that actual numbers on unemployment are in double digits in most parts of Pakistan. I know that in some parts of Sindh, these are over 50%.
Another point which caught my attention was that the data relates to 2002/03. It is indeed old data. It shows how slow our State Bank is in collecting and sharing the data. In some countries, employment survey is conducted every three months and the results are shared with public every three months too.
However, when it comes to regional distribution of unemploymnet, unemployment has been rising in Sindh where as it has been declining in many parts of Pakistan as well as in the nation as a whole.
If our government viewed all four provinces equally, they will be worried about why the situation in Sindh is getting worse. Further more, like a good parent, they will be taking corrective action on accelerated basis. Unfortunately, such a picture is not emerging.

Your input and help towards development of Sindh is always welcome.
Ali Nawaz MemonSindh Development Institute7204 Antares DriveGaithersburg, Maryland, USA 20879

----Original Message Follows----From: muneera zia <>Reply-To: sindh-politics@yahoogroups.comTo: sindh-politics@yahoogroups.comSubject: Re: [sindh-politics] Unemployment rate rises in Sindh and declines nationallyDate: Tue, 22 Mar 2005 22:56:42 +0000 (GMT)

Dear All, These official figures are just laughable. Only the overseas Pakistanis take these seriously. Unemployment in Pakistan has always remained in double figures. The real figures are MANY FOLD more than depicted in State Bank reports. Otherwise, what is the reason of greatest number of suicides taking place in last three years, the one for unemployment/ economic reasons. If the rates are so low, how come the poverty has risen to 40 percent from 26 percent about ten years back. In fact, there are areas in Sindh where poverty is at 80 percent. When Pervaiz Musharraf came to power, one of his promises to the people was that his government would never fudge the figures " as the previous govt was doing. "This is exactly what he is doing i.e. fudging the economic figures, in addition to fudging the democracy of course. Maj Gen Ahsan Ahmed (Retd) PPP London. Ali Nawaz Memon <> wrote:


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