JK to wind up Overseas Employment Corporation
Jammu and Kashmir Government on Monday decided to wind up the Overseas Employment Corporation that was set up by previous National Conference-Congress regime for exploring employment
opportunities for State youth in outside countries. The Corporation has failed to ensure job for even a single educated youth since its creation in 2009.
The directions for winding up of the J&K Overseas Employment Corporation Limited (JKOECL) were issued by Minister for Labour and Employment Haseeb Drabu while reviewing the functioning of the Employment Department.
"It makes no sense to have an organization doing absolutely nothing," said Drabu. "There is need to have some vibrant, energetic organization in place."
The Corporation was constituted in October 2009 with an aim to ensure jobs for youth in outside companies to overcome the growing unemployment problem in J&K which has around six lakh unemployed educated youth registered with employment agencies.
The Corporation however proved to be a burden on State exchequer as it failed to get a single educated youth recruited in any company outside India.
"Since its inception over Rs 1.42 Crore revenue expenditure has been incurred on running the Corporation without any significant contribution," said an official statement.
Soon after its creation, the body was tasked to facilitate 7,000 jobs within five years for educated and skilled work force within and outside the country by maintaining liaison with placement agencies, foreign embassies, ministries and other institutions to act as a knowledge bank for the aspirants.
More than 2200 candidates including aspiring doctors, engineers and paramedics had registered themselves with the corporation.
"The Corporation failed to fulfill its basic mandate of recruiting youth in outside companies. It is the worst report of any government undertaking in the state," said the official.
He said the State Government had to every year shell-out around Rs 30 lakh as salaries and other expenses for Corporation's staff.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India had also questioned the Corporation's performance, noting that body has failed to live up to its role.
A Corporation official said the "major hurdle" in seeking employment for State youth was that "their skills don't match the requirements at the international level".
"Though the Corporation on number of occasions contacted several overseas employers for recruitment of manpower from the State, there was a big gap between the skills required and profile of job-seekers," the official said.
Secretary Labour and Employment Nirmal Sharma said the issue for winding up the Corporation was discussed today in the meeting chaired by the Minister. The Secretary however said nothing has been finalized yet.