Zaker Party Senior Vice-Chairman Dr Saim Amir Faisal attending the the 5th convention of the youth wing of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Baku, Azerbaijan. -AA
Zaker Party Senior Vice Chairman Dr Saim Amir Faisal has said around 70 percent of the population of Bangladesh are aged under 35. However, the average age of a parliament member in the country is 60 resulting in the representation of youths Bangladesh parliament is a mere 0.3 percent, he added.
He came up with the remarks while delivering his speech as an invited guest at the 5th convention of the youth wing of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Delegates of 32 political parties from 19 countries participated in the event.
Dr Saim Amir Faisal said, "65 percent of our parliament members are businessmen. In this context - how can we assimilate our youths in the sphere of politics, where the parliament is dominated by businessmen with massive bank-balances."
We may classify our prevalent custom of participation and initiation in politics in the following five groups: 1. Hereditary politics, or the politics of kinship, 2. Mercantile politics, or the politics of entrepreneurship, which makes someone wealthy and rich within a short period of time, and later helps them to buy up positions and titles; 3. Celebrity status, where fame and celebrity make way for participation in politics; 4. Government officials and personages embedded in statecraft, who later embark onto active politics; 5. Student politics, where one has to begin from the grassroots level to make a career of power politics, he added.
Zaker Party Senior Vice Chairman said, youth unemployment rate is 48 percent now in Bangladesh. The percentage of educated youth is 33. Our agricultural sector provides around 80 per cent of our employment. Most of our employment is comprised of blue-collar jobs.
Consequently, most of our educated youths remain unemployed.
Dr Saim Amir Faisal called upon the government to form a ministry of youth employment and provide allocation for the ministry to resolve the crisis relating to youths.
Lauding the massive development in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Zaker Party Senior Vice-Chairman said, we must encourage constructive criticism of the government.
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