600 Youth Get Job Letters
Srinagar: The Centrally-sponsored Himayat programme should make merit the criterion for selection of unemployed youth to ensure its success in Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said today.
"Merit should be only criterion to select the youth for training under Himayat, keeping political and other influences strictly away from this programme to ensure its success," Omar said addressing a training-cum-placement letters presenting programme under 'Himayat' at JKEDI complex at Pampore.
Himayat is a Centrally-sponsored training-cum-placement programme for unemployed youth in Jammu and Kashmir. Youth are provided short-term training for at least three months, in a range of skills.
Omar said the youth of Jammu and Kashmir are talented enough to prove their mettle and ability at all fronts.
"They only need opportunity and exposure to prove their capacity and capability of rendering meritorious service in any organisation," he said, adding that Himayat is right initiative in this direction.
The state government has flagged skill development and employability enhancement as important aspects to open up employment for the youth, he said.
He said government jobs are not answer to the huge unemployment problem.
"We have to create new avenues for youth and enhance their employability to get easily jobs in private sector," he said, adding that Udaan and Himayat programmes have been launched to achieve this target.
Omar said that during his recent visit to Kolkata, he interacted with the first batch of trainees selected under Udaan for skill upgradation trainings in various trades.
"I was pleased to learn that 96 per cent trainees have been short listed for permanent jobs in private companies on their outstanding merit," he said.
He expressed gratitude to Union Minister Jairam Ramesh for extending support to Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking on the occasion, Ramesh announced enhancement of post-placement support for the youths who have been provided jobs in various companies within and outside the state after receiving training under Himayat programme.
He also announced raising the monthly financial support from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000 per person and increasing the stipend period from two months to six months.
Ramesh said the Rural Development Ministry will facilitate accommodation facilities for youth of Jammu and Kashmir outside the state and involve more private companies in the Himayat programme.
Over 950 trainees were provided job placements in the programme held at SKICC in December last year, he said, adding that as many as 600 young boys and girls were handed over job letters today.
He said a target of imparting training to 7,000 youth and facilitating their placement in various companies within the State and outside has been set this year.
Later, Omar and Ramesh handed over the placement letters to the successful passouts of various vocational courses.