Resource crunch hits SKEWPY

4 Months On, Unemployed Youth Not Getting Any Allowance

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Nov 11: The much hyped Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Program for Youth (SKEWPY) is hit by financial crunch with State Government failing to pay the Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) to the entitled youth for the last four months.
 “Majority of entitled youth have not been paid VSA from August onwards,” officials in the Employment department informed. They said that there is perpetual scarcity of funds to meet the expenses under this component of the scheme ever since it was launched in April 2010.
 The delay in disbursement of VSA has always been there. “It may be three months in one district and 4 to 5 months in another district. I don’t remember a time when the VSA was disbursed among the youth on a regular basis,” said an official.
 Officials said the response of youth towards getting themselves registered for VSA is not encouraging. “We have been holding awareness camps at several places across the State but the response is very poor,” they said.
 “We have sent requisition of funds to the higher authorities but the funds are still awaited. However, the funds are expected to be allotted soon and VSA will be disbursed among the youth,” an official said.
 Sources in the department informed that the pendency of VSA is prevalent in all districts of Jammu region. “In Kashmir the pendency is even more. There are certain districts in the valley where the disbursement of VSA is pending for 6 to 7 months,” they said.
 Under the scheme, after fulfilling certain criteria an unemployed educated youth below 37 years of age can receive VSA up to a period of three years.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 11 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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