Rajkot: Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the state is far ahead of others in terms of
job creation and nearly one lakh youths would be offered jobs
"When the state is celebrating Swami Vivekanand`s 150th
birth anniversary, creating job opportunities for youths
was government`s top priority and within a week nearly
65,000 youths would be given appointment letters in various
parts of the state, which would be first of its kind in the
country,", Modi said while overseeing the distribution of
appointment letters to over 13,000 youths of Saurashtra and
Kutch districts here today.
He said that his government was planning to provide
jobs for nearly one lakh youths soon.
With many companies coming to Gujarat to set up their
units, it is necessary to have adequate skilled manpower and
therefore his government has increased the number of ITI
centres from 275 to 1056 and allocated Rs 525 crore for them.
"China is India`s close competitor and if India wants to
compete with China, it should have a large number of skilled
manpower and only these ITI centres can meet the requirement,"
"I also urge Prime Minister to allocate maximum budget
for ITI centres and I don`t know about nation`s preparation
but Gujarat has started to compete with China by setting up
ITI centres in every corner of the state and with maximum
budget allocation," he said.
According to union government data, Gujarat was on top
in terms of creating job opportunities in the country through
state-run employment exchanges accounting for 72 per cent of
As part of the government`s resolve to offer jobs to
youths, the state`s labour department had earlier conducted
surveys in 184 industrial estates of Gujarat Industrial
Development Corporation and identified one lakh vacancies.
The government had organised nearly 500 placement fairs
since December last year in which over 1.26 lakh youths
participated, and 65,000 were selected by various private