Over 6 lakh unemployed persons registered in J&K
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Last Updated: Friday, March 16, 2012, 19:30
Jammu: District employment and counselling centres in Jammu and Kashmir have registered 6.03 lakh unemployed persons upto the end of 2011, a state minister said on Friday.

"District employment and counselling centres registered 6.03 lakhs unemployed persons upto end of 2011 in the state," Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik said.

Of these 3,133 were illiterate, and rest educated unemployed youths, the minister said.

Malik said the Employment Facilitating Agency has been effectively steering implementation of Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme (SKEWPY) to provide job opportunities to the youth.

Referring to Voluntary Service Allowance (VSA) coverage, the minister said that 34,474 educated unemployed youth have been covered as against 24,724 of last year and an amount of Rs 9.39 crore has been disbursed among the beneficiaries.

He said the expenditure is expected to cross Rs 25 crore by the end of this financial year as the coverage rising steeply in next.

He said 2,704 units were set up during last fiscal, providing employment to 5,950 persons and 3,201 units have been set up during current fiscal providing employment to 6,960 persons as on ending February 2012.

The minister said that during the last two years, 39,000 appointments have been made through PSC, State Services Recruitment Board and Police Recruitment Board.

Employment Department is coordinating with Government of India in implementing "UDDAN" project envisaged by the Expert Group On Employment wherein educated youth shall be placed and employed in the corporate sector commensurate to their skill level, he said.

Under the Seed Capital Fund Scheme implemented through the Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) about 1,104 units have been cleared by the Steering committee involving loans of Rs 66.75 crores and seed capital of Rs 36.88 cores, the Minister said.

So far 8 proposals envisaging training and employment of about 12,000 unemployed youth have been approved by GOI.

The target is to train 40,000 educated unemployed in five years, the minister said.


First Published: Friday, March 16, 2012, 19:30

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