J&K to expand job opportunities for youths: Omar

The Jammu and Kashmir government is working towards expanding the orbit of employment opportunities for the youths in the state, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has announced here.

Updated: Jan 30, 2011, 15:41 PM IST

Jammu: The Jammu and Kashmir government is working towards expanding the orbit of employment opportunities for the youths in the state, Chief Minister Omar
Abdullah has announced here.

"I am here to create opportunities for your career and facilitate in all respects in this direction. But it is up to you to grab the chances and be successful," Omar said here
yesterday as he handed placement orders to 273 job seekers selected by 19 private sector companies at an employment fair.

"You should come forward to compete for better and lucrative jobs in private sector," he said, adding, there was a need to change the perception that government jobs were a
better option.

The chief minister claimed that after completing his education, he has himself gone through the phase of anxiety for job as they the youths were going through.

He also said the government was providing "substantial amount of seed money, technical guidance and support to the budding entrepreneurs under Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and
Welfare Programme for Youth (SKEWPY)".

This programme needs to be taken advantage of by young entrepreneurs as losses, if any, would be borne by the state, he said.

He also referred to the state government`s Skills Development Mission that aims to impart training in various trade skills to 16,000 youths in two years at polytechnic and
ITI institutes across the country and flagged-off the first batch of 180 boys and girls for such training.

A ITI in each block and 18 new polytechnic institutes are being established to provide necessary training base for the youth in the state itself, Omar said.

PTI