Kashmiri Youth To Get Special Certificates For Safe Stay Outside JK: Ramesh

Kashmiri Youth To Get Special Certificates For Safe Stay Outside JK: Ramesh

23 July 2012
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqut Ali

Pampore: Special certificates would be provided to the youth of Jammu and Kashmir for their safe accommodation outside the state, said Union Minister for Rural Development, Jairam Ramesh here Monday. The announcement comes in the backdrop of the reports about denial of accommodation and other forms of harassment faced by Kashmir youth outside J&K. Ramesh was addressing a training-cum-placement letters presenting programme under ‘Himayat project’ at Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute (JKEDI) complex. Terming ‘Himayat project’ as the right initiative to tackle unemployment crisis in the state, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah stressed on the need for keeping the project out of all interventions and influences making merit only criterion for selection of deserving youth. On the occasion, placement letters were handed over to 600 boys and girls who have been trained in various trades under Himayat programme. Expressing his concern over the accommodation problems faced by the youth of the state in different parts of India, Ramesh said, “It is very unfortunate that youth of J&K are being looked upon with suspicion and face accommodation problems outside the state. Special certificates will be given to them for their safe accommodation in every part of India.” The union minister said one lakh unemployed youth would be given training under the Himayat project over the period of five years in the state. “We have successfully trained 1250 unemployed youth and have given jobs to 950 last year under this project. We have also set the target to provide training to 7000 youth under Himayat during this year.” He said Panchayat representatives can play an important role in the selection process of the youth for training programmes under the project. He also announced that government would set up training centre in each block of the state to train youth under Himayat. “We have almost 143 blocks in the state so every block will get a training centre for easy access to employed youth.” Apart from BPO, hotel management, IT, Ramesh said Himayat project would also cater to health sector trainings. “Besides providing jobs in different multinational companies across the country, the youth will also be given jobs outside the country as well.” Ramesh also announced enhancement of post-placement support for the youth who have been provided jobs in various companies within and outside the State after receiving training under Himayat programme. The union minister raised the per month financial support from Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2000 per person besides increasing the stipend period from present two months to six months. Now each beneficiary will get financial support of Rs. 12000 instead of Rs. 2000. He said IL&FC, Don Bosco, India Can and CAP Foundation are training-cum-placement providers for selected youth under Himayat. He said 2431 youth have been trained in the first two batches. Ramesh assured all possible help from his ministry to address unemployment problem in J&K. Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said, “Merit should be only criterion to select the youth for training under Himayat keeping political and other influences strictly away from this programme to ensure its success and retain faith of young boys and girls in this initiative. The success of this programme lies in keeping it away from all interferences and influences.” Omar said the youth of J&K are talented enough to prove their mettle and ability at all fronts. “They only need opportunity and exposure to prove their capacity and capability of rendering meritorious service in any organization,” he said adding that Himayat is right initiative in this direction. He said it provides ample chances to youth to upgrade their skills through trainings and obtain jobs in private sector. The chief minister said his government has flagged skill development and employability enhancement important aspects to open job orbit for youth of the state outside the government sector. He said government jobs are not answer to the unemployment problem. “We have to create new avenues for youth and enhance their employability to get jobs in private sector,” Omar said adding that Udaan and Himayat programmes have been launched to achieve this objective. The chief minister said during his recent visit to Kolkata, he interacted with the first batch of trainees selected under Udaan for skill upgradation trainings in various trades. “I was pleased to learn that 96 percent trainees have been short listed for permanent jobs in private companies on their outstanding merit,” he said, adding that the success of Udaan and Himayat is imperative to develop faith in boys and girls in these programmes. Omar said the boys and girls who have received training under these programmes and are placed in various private companies are the brand ambassadors for youth. He expressed gratitude to Union Minister for Rural Development for extending support to J&K all along. “Your unabated support to the State while heading different ministries at the Central level is praise worthy and we are looking forward for your continuous help to make Himayat a grand success.” Minister for Rural Development, Ali Mohammad Sagar also spoke on the occasion. Minister for Finance, Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Higher Education, Abdul Gani Malik, Minister of State for Rural Development, Ajaz Ahmad Khan, Chief Secretary, Madhav Lal, Union Joint Secretary, K. Vijaya Kumar, Commissioner Secretary Rural Development, Farooq Ahmad Peer, Commissioner Secretary Employment, Yadhulla, Director JKDEI, M. I. Parrey and other senior officers were present on the occasion.