New Delhi: A poverty alleviation
programme of the government has provided employment to over
2000 rural youths, who were living below the poverty line, in
the organised private sector.
They underwent training under a skill development and
job placement programme funded by the Rural Development
Ministry and got employment in sales and customer service in
reputed Indian and multi-national companies in Telecom,
retail, consumer durables, BPOs and hospitality sectors.
"The monthly income of these youths ranges from Rs
3,500 to Rs 7,000 apart from the benefits provided to
employees in organised private sector," a senior official of
the ministry said.
Reliance Telecom, Nava Bharat Feretilizers Limited,
Godrej Group, Vishal Retail, Future Group (Big Bazaar),
Hindustan Uniliver Limited, Mc Donalds, Tata Teleservices,
Aditya Birla-Minax are among the companies which recruited the
NIS Sparta, a Reliance ADA Group company, provided
training to the youths on various skills required in the
"Training is being provided to more youths from our 18
different centres we have set up for the purpose across the
country," vice president of NIS Sparta said here.
Congratulating the youth, Union Minister for Rural
Development C P Joshi today said government was keen on
capacity building for unemployed rural youths living below
"We launched the special skill development programme
under Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgaar Yojna of the Ministry to
achieve this objective," he said at a function organised here.
"I hope thousands of youths will be inspired by them
and come forward to take benefit of the skill development
programme of the Ministry," Joshi said.
Secretary, Rural Development Ministry, B K Sinha said
the programme has been tailor made to meet the "growing" job
requirements in the urban sector. "We are also in the process
of providing training in skill upgradation and placing the
candidates in the formal sector."
NIS sparta has been given target of providing training
and placement to 24,000 rural BPL youth in the first three
years of the scheme`s implementation, its senior executive
vice president Goutam Roy said.
`SGSY- Special Project` is a nation-wide programme
which was launched by the Ministry three months ago. "The
programme is demand-based and candidates are provided training
on the skills required to secure employment in private sector,
Additional Secretary Arvind Mayaram said.