Maintaining that unemployment was the biggest challenge, Chief Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, Wednesday said the government will soon come up with a policy on public-private partnership on creation of employment opportunities in the state.
The chief minister laid emphasis on youth to hone their skills for enhancing their employability.
Addressing a gathering at Mega Tech Fest – Hope (Huge Opportunities for Proper Employment), organized by Technical Education department, at SKICC here today, the chief minister distributed placement orders issued by some private firms, to 300 ITI-trained youth at the fest.
He said: "We have made a new beginning today. The next battle in the world will not be fought with bullets and bombs but with greater human resource."
He also launched e-service portal of Employment department for registration of unemployed youth.
Minister for Finance, Haseeb Drabu, Minister for Education, Nayeem Akhtar, Minister for Animal & Sheep Husbandry and S&T, Sajad Gani Lone and Minister for IT, Imran Raza Ansari were present.
Asking the policy planners to take a leaf out of Germany, which became an engine of European economy by focusing on skill development, Mufti said his government "has embarked on a mission to create opportunities of employment for skilled youth."
Urging the private sector to come forward and partner the Government in its resolve to end the scourge of unemployment, Mufti described the small-scale industrial sector as one of the key areas of absorption of skilled workforce.
Firms like Maruti Suzuki, Cafe Coffee Day, IVY Hospital, Mohali, DISH Infra, Competent Synergies, Dr. I. T. Group, Mircro Turner, besides state-based companies like Khyber Group, ALBA Electricals, Himalayan Rolling Steel Mill, Kehwah Group & Fill Industries have taken a lead in providing gainful employment to these skilled youth of the state.
Hailing the craftsmen and artisans for keeping the handicraft industry up and alive through testing and difficult times, the Chief Minister said it is his dream to improve their working condition and give them a sense of ownership of the rare art they possess.
Minister for Finance, in his address, stressed on enhancing employability. "Employment is a consequence of growth. Focus on growth will automatically create employment opportunities," he added.
Minister for Animal & Sheep Husbandry and Science & Technology, Sajad Lone, in his address, said he was amazed by the youthfulness and freshness of the ideas of the Chief Minister, in particular those related to empowerment of youth.
Minister for IT credited the Technical Education Department for conceiving a novel idea of bringing private firms and skilled manpower on one platform. He said the department will create a Placement Cell in all the Government-owned ITIs in the state to boost opportunities of employment.