Omar Abdullah Asks J&K Youth To Look For Job Opportunities Outside State

Omar Abdullah Asks J&K Youth To Look For Job Opportunities Outside State

3 April 2013
India Today
Naseer Ganai

Srinagar: With government sector only employer in the State, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday asked unemployed youth of Jammu and Kashmir to look beyond the government sector and move to different States of the country for job opportunities. 'You should shun inhibition of working outside the State. You should not get carried away by the apprehensions being created by vested interests in this regard. I have always discussed with fellow Chief Ministers in the Chief Minister's Conferences and during the personal meetings with them the need for creating palatable and secure atmosphere for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir in their States,' he said addressing students at Jammu University. 'I have always driven home the necessity of removing doubts from the minds of the people in rest of the country regarding Jammu and Kashmir youth', he said, adding that some people in the State also try to give racial colour to every simple incident of personal nature that a Kashmiri comes across in the day to day routine life process outside the State. 'We have to encourage our youth to work all over the country and prove their talent and mettle,' Omar said. He said Jammu and Kashmir Government is likely to employ 70,000 youth in the government services this year. His government, he said, has created opportunities for more than 3 lakh young persons, under different schemes like Himayat, Udaan. Himayat, he added, is a unique programme being run in the State with the help of Centre Government aimed at imparting trainings to one lakh youth and providing them placements in the private sector within and outside the State during the period of 5 years. 'This is a significant and historic opportunity coming to youth to enhance their employability capacities and get assured jobs in the private job market. It is up to them how they take advantage of this initiative and transform their socio-economic status', he said. The Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, who also spoke in the function, said that the scheme Himayat launched in the State in 2011, is marching ahead to realise the set goal of providing trainings and jobs to one lakh youth of Jammu and Kashmir mostly school drop-outs and lesser qualified during the five year period. He said over 5,000 youth have been provided jobs in various companies within and outside the State since the inception of the scheme in the State and over 15,000 would be given training and placements during the year 2013-14. Ramesh announced one tablet (mini-computer) each to 400 youth, who have completed one year of service in the companies they were engaged under Himayat. He said that all the boys and girls completing one year service successfully in the companies would be provided tablets. The Union Minister said that the stipend of Rs. 1000 per month for two months being provided to the placed youth in various companies has been enhanced to Rs. 2000 per month for six months. He said the retention rate of youth in the private companies have also shown remarkable increase and at present stands at 76.42 percent.