Modi favours extension of JK’s Himayat programme to all states

JAMMU: Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi Wednesday asked the Union Rural Development Ministry to replicate J&K’s Himayat model in other states of the country.
Modi gave the directions, during his second monthly video conference with Union Secretaries of various ministries and Chief Secretaries of states under his Pro-active Governance and Timely Implementation (PRAGATI) initiative, on being impressed with the success J&K has achieved under the skill development initiative, an official handout issued here said.
Under PRAGATI, PM conducts meetings on monthly basis to review the progress of infrastructural projects and schemes under implementation in the states, it said. Chief Secretary of J&K, Iqbal Khandey, participated in the Wednesday’s interactions, it said.
Himayat was conceived as training-cum-placement initiative for a five year period for the youth of J&K to hone their skills and subsequently place them in the private sector with one year post-placement tracking.
Since its introduction in 2011-12, 40,000 youth, in the age group of 18-35 years, have been trained in various skills, as per the statement. At least 32,331 have been placed, of which, as per the one year post placement tracking, as many as 22,695 youth or 70 per cent candidates are in jobs in the private sector, it said.
“The state government has urged the centre that Himayat should keep operating beyond 2015-16 and its guidelines brought in line with Deen Dayal Upadhyaye Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, so that better and greater support can be extended to the youth of J&K,” it said.
The release said Modi also discussed integration of J&K in the Green Energy Corridor for Renewable Energy. Reviewing the status of various Green Energy corridor projects including the 7500 MW Solar Power Project in Ladakh, he called for “fast tracking the harnessing and integration of renewable power potential available in various states including J&K with the National Grid”, it said.