'It is quite impossible in our family to think only about job. In our family, we think you have done nothing if you have not done anything for the country'
Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy on Tuesday urged youths to become entrepreneurs and shun seeking jobs from others.
“Ours is a fast growing economy. Be an entrepreneur and self-dependent. You need not be dependent on others, neither the government nor other organizations. Open your own company,” Joy, also chairman of the Centre for Research and Information (CRI), said.
"You should rather think how the country can be benefited by your company. You will recruit others at your company, pay taxes after formation of companies, small businesses or doing freelancing, and help the country move forward," he urged.
He was talking at an interaction program titled 'Young Bangla with Sajeeb Wazed' organised by Young Bangla at Radisson Blue hotel in the capital.
He said there were rumours about shortage of jobs and about the economy growing without creating employment, which was not true at all.
"Now unemployment rate is 4.2%, which is recognized as full employment. 100% employment is not possible," Joy stated.
He said he felt so much proud and pleased to be able to interact with youths.
“I listen to your stories, learn from your advices and how you solve your problems. Now young people do not sit ideal, nor do they seek help from the government to solve their problems,” Joy told the gathering.
He said: "We always hear people asking what Awami League government has done for the youths."
“The answer to the question is you. The answer is Young Bangla,” he said.
The ICT adviser said there was an old mindset of taking jobs after studies and then going into retirement with pension facilities.
“It is a selfish thinking,” he told the program.
“It is quite impossible in our family to think only about job. In our family, we think you have done nothing if you have not done anything for the country,” the ICT adviser said.
“That is why we are trying to do something for the youths. I urge them to do something for themselves and for the nation," he said, adding that the Awami League government took many initiatives to help youths.
"We set up 8,675 technical education institutes, 64 technical schools and colleges and over 300 polytechnic institutes across the country," said Joy.
He urged parents to let their children grow up by doing something themselves and helping them become self-reliant.