The central government will spend Rs.235 crore annually on a
training-cum-placement programme to prepare one lakh youths from
Jammu and Kashmir for employment in the private sector, Rural
Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said Monday.
The programme, called 'Himayat', was launched by him in Srinagar
Sunday and the first batch of 800 students will pass out of the
three-month certificate programme in December this year.
The programme is part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's vision
for creating employment for youths of Jammu and Kashmir, and 1,500
youngsters will complete the training in its first year, Ramesh
told reporters here.
His ministry will fund the project through its National Rural
Livelihood Mission for which private sector institutions such as
IL&FS and Don Bosco Technical Institute have been chosen to impart
the training to the youths, who would be selected for the
programme on the basis of applications.
The institutions were selected through a bidding process and more
such institutions would soon be included in the project, Ramesh
After their three-month training, the first batch of 800 youths
would be found employment with Cafe Coffee Day, Wal-Mart, V-Mart
and Bajaj Allianz insurance.
"Though most girls want employment within Jammu and Kashmir, many
boys are ready to work outside the state also. Some of the jobs on
offer are in cities and towns like Chandigarh, Shimla and Jaipur,"
The ministry will spend about Rs.23,000 per youth in the
Once the trained youths complete their course and take up
employment, the ministry will keep track of their progress over
the next three years and, if needed, provide them further
The youths, either Class 10, 12 or college drop-outs, are at
present conversant in English and will get minimum computer
literacy, apart from job-oriented training.
Ramesh also said that the home ministry would soon come up with
its own employment-oriented training programme for skilled youths.
The home ministry programme will focus largely on urban youths and
will be exclusively for Jammu and Kashmir, though a similar
programme was being worked out for Maoist-affected areas too.