‘4 lakh youth unemployed in JK’

Govt intends to appoint 70,000 in govt sector this year: Omar


Jammu, Apr 3: Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today said that presently over 4 lakh youth are unemployed in the state and the government intends to appoint more than 70,000 youth in government services from this year.
 “We have also to create opportunities for more than 3 lakh young persons, as such, Himayat, Udaan, SKEWPY and other projects are under implementation to expand the job market for unemployed youth”, he said underlining the importance of these projects to tackle the problem of unemployment in the state.
 Reaffirming his government’s determination to tackle unemployment crisis “purposefully by providing ample avenues to youth both in the government and the private sectors”, the Chief Minister urged the jobless to utilize the opportunities created by the government in this regard to the fullest.
 “Besides, creating employment opportunities in the government sector we have initiated various schemes like SKEWPY, Himayat and Udaan to generate employment avenues for youth in bulk”, he said, adding that skill development and enhancement of employability has been flagged as focused area to enable youth to get freely absorbed in the open job market or enter into entrepreneurship arena.
 Addressing a function under Himayat programme at Zorawar Auditorium in Jammu University here, the Chief Minister said that youth have to grab every opportunity being created by the government for them to get employment.
 Omar Abdullah said that Himayat is a unique programme being run in the State with the help of Centre Government aimed at imparting trainings to one lakh youth and providing them placements in the private sector within and outside the State during the period of 5 years.
 “This is a significant and historic opportunity coming to youth to enhance their employability capacities and get assured jobs in the private job market. It is up to them how they take advantage of this initiative and transform their socio-economic status”, he said urging them to utilize the initiative and get employment, an official statement said.
 The Chief Minister asked the youth to shun inhibitions with regard to working outside the State and “not get carried away by the apprehensions being created by vested interests in this regard.”
 The Chief Minister also referred to the recently launched ‘Umeed’ scheme for women in the State with the central assistance and said that it has far-reaching impact on the upliftment of women especially living in rural areas.
 He also mentioned the importance of Udaan project aimed at providing trainings and jobs to the youth with higher qualifications.
 Assuring handholding of under training youth by the government till the logical conclusion of providing them jobs in the private sector under Himayat and Udaan, the Chief Minister asked them to come forward and take full advantage of these initiatives sponsored by the Government of India exclusively for Jammu and Kashmir youth.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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