SRINAGAR: A two-day employment fair began Wednesday in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
Inaugurating the fair, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Anantnag Tasaduq Jeelani said the purpose of “organising such fairs is to aware the educated unemployed youth and common masses about various government schemes and welfare programmes,” and official handout issued here said.
DDC asked youth to set up their own income generating units for which the government “is providing guidance and financial assistance,” it said.
He asked the Assistant Director Employment Ghulam Rasool Malik to register the names of the unemployed, educated youths who are desirous for setting up their own units, it added.
Speaking on the occasion, Malik said the District Employment and Counselling Centre has provided voluntary service allowances (VSA) to 5,746 youths during 2014-15, it said.
“Rs 263.87 lakhs have been disbursed as VSA up to ending December 2014, which include Rs 86.78 lakhs to 1329 youth of matric, Rs 60.30 to 1434 students of 10+2, Rs 2.19 lakhs to 28 youth with 10+2+ITI, Rs 78.81 lakhs to 2089 graduates and Rs 35.60 lakhs to 466 postgraduates and above unemployed persons of the district,” he was quoted as saying. Various financial institutions have established stalls in the fair and have kept printed material and products available on display, it added.