Employment generation govt’s top priority: Minister

SRINAGAR: Present government is committed for empowering youth and providing them employment opportunities, Rural Development Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar said on Thursday here.
He also said to address the unemployment issues government has launched several schemes.
The minister, according to an official statement, was addressing a meeting held to review the pace of implementation of various employment generating schemes and incentives being provided by the agencies and departments like Urban Development Agency, Kashmir (UDAK), Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) and the Department of Employment.
The meeting was attended by the senior officers of EDI, UDAK, Employment Department and various societies providing the skill development and other vocational trainings to the youth.
The minister said that the government has already launched various welfare schemes like UMEED, UDAAN, HIMAYAT and SKEWPY for the youth of the state and now the onus lies on them to come forward and avail the maximum benefit out of these and create employment opportunities for themselves. He said that besides these Entrepreneur Development Institute has also been set up, which provides various schemes to the youth so that they can set up their own entrepreneurial units and contribute their bit in creating jobs and economy as whole.
Sagar said that several initiatives have also been taken for imparting the skills to the youth and in this regard hundreds of students of have been sent to the different parts of India, so that they can be imparted trainings in different trades and afterwards absorbed in different reputed companies in the corporate sector.
The minister appealed the youth to come forward and avail the maximum benefit of these schemes and contribute their bit in making the state economically vibrant. He said that the officers of these departments should work in close coordination with the societies.


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