Employment Generation: Post pandemic opportunities
The COVID-19 swamped the world, letting human to bend in front of the motherly nature. We, humans, suffered not only physically but also economically. The COVID -19 became a grave health crisis all over the world. It also became an economic crisis since humans were compelled to quit their jobs, shut down the business operation as well. The COVID-19 pandemic can be marked as the most notable crisis globally, followed by one of the longest lockdowns.
The situation of Covid-19 in Nepal
Similarly, in the context of Nepal, the COVID-19 has created an impact on the country’s health causing the economic crisis. The entire nation suffered as people lost their jobs due to the pandemic and unplanned lockdown as all the services were interrupted. Three in every five employees in Nepal lost their jobs due to (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a study commissioned by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Nepal. It led the people to survive on a meager base. The health crisis, unemployment, increasehe disaster in people’s life to lead a question mark on the retrieve of the job the people have lost in this pandemic.
Though a crisis still exists, the recovery is underway. This pandemic has led us to reconsider the way we have been doing. During this pandemic, considering the shutdown and social distance maintaining policies of Nepal, we Nepalese people need to concern about the effective work policy as well as the self-reliant since we have gone through crisis and how we suffered. In Nepal, we have already seen many people in a helpless state during this pandemic cause of their jobs. So the time has arrived to plan for a new form considering the lockdown and social distance restriction.
Since the show must go on, just because of the pandemic: we should not be carried away instead, we need to transform our accustomed way of doing activities and focus on safeguarding and recreating the jobs. For this, Nepal should digitalize its economic sector, localized the economic operation and services should be given more priority so that the global market would not be obstructing on the local market.
Employment generation: Post-pandemic
Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the recession has already started and the support of the government on employment production may not be enough. Hence for its resolution, the collaboration should be done between private and government sectors with local people. There should be a prioritization of local people so that there would be enhancement from the grass level. Local products, projects, and services should be promoted and given a chance. These concerns on the ground level matter more: for the long term impact on the employment opportunities for post-pandemic.
Online training, skills should be provided, and the focus should be served on effective skills development so that people could mobilize it to stimulate different e- opportunities and reconnect with different practices. These skills should be given to everyone so that people will have easy access and could grab different opportunities.
Time has evolved to change the paper-based statement on Nepal is an agricultural country. The perception towards we have on agriculture as a low job should be changed. The agriculture sector should be given more priorities. The farmers need to value as well. If only we can transform the agriculture with modernized equipment and infrastructure, a lot of employment can be made, and huge benefits and returns can be created.
Moreover, the Incubation hub, seed funding should be provided so that more youth, SMEs, will come forth to start their business, as it will give them relief and assists in the growth for a start-up. Furthermore, self-employment can be promoted through this.
We may not be able to get the job we want, but we may be able to create a job for others. This pandemic has taught us to create more job opportunities and go for sustainable growth than explored the role.