Skill-based programme to be replicated in Naxal-hit districts

Last Updated: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 11:11

New Delhi: A skill-based placement programme launched in militancy-hit Jammu and Kashmir will be replicated in worst affected Naxal districts of the country.

Rural Development Ministry, which has launched Himayat Programme--a Rs 237 crore placement linked skill development initiative for training and placement of one lakh Jammu and Kashmir youth in the next 5 years, said that it would start similar programme in Maoist affected districts.

"We want to start similar programme in the Naxal-affected districts of the country. These are all the entry level programmes targeting unemployed youths usually 10th standard passed or failed," Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh told a new agency.

The Ministry has already started the initiative in Chattisgarh`s Sukma, one of the worst Naxal affected districts of the country, Ramesh said.

It will be expanded to 34 other districts worstly hit by Maoist activities in Orissa, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh and Jharkhand, he said.

The Minister said that he has asked Chattisgarh government to organise a Yuva Sammelan in Sukma to mobilise and counsel the tribal youth.

He has also asked the state Government to set up a training centre in Sukma with a facility to provide training to tribal youth in sewing machine operations, electrical works and data entry operations.

The institute will be inaugurated in August 15, Ramesh said.

The Minister said he has also informed the Chattisgarh Government that a Rural Self-employment training Institute (R-SETI) can also be sanctioned for Sukma to identify, orient, motivate, train and assist young people to take up self-employment through promotion of Micro and Small Enterprises.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, July 29, 2012 - 11:11

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